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Florida Cops Arrest Woman, 20, Wanted on Warrant for Riding Sea Turtle

Stephanie Moore, 20, of Melbourne has been jailed on $2,000 bond on felony charges of possessing, selling or molesting a marine turtle or eggs nest.

A Florida woman wanted after a picture of her riding a sea turtle went viral on social media was arrested early Saturday, police said.

Police in Florida released this photo that appears to show a woman sitting or riding on a sea turtle.Courtesy of Melbourne (Fla.) Pol

Stephanie Moore, 20, was jailed on a $2,000 bond on a felony warrant on charges of possessing, selling or molesting a marine turtle or eggs nest, the Melbourne Police Department said on Facebook.

Moore was allegedly one of two women sitting on sea turtles in photographs from early July. After the pictures were shared online, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took up the case as a criminal investigation. The department asked for the public's help in identifying the suspects.

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Moore was arrested after police in Melbourne, on Florida's Atlantic coast, responded to a disturbance at a home Saturday. They determined a warrant had been out for her.

Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act makes it a third-degree felony to injure, harm, harass, capture or attempt to capture any marine turtles, eggs or nests, according to NBC affiliate WESH.