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Florida woman from viral turtle riding photo arrested

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Ben Hooper
Stephanie Moore, 20, was arrested in Melbourne, Fla., after this July photo of her apparently riding on the back of a sea turtle went viral. Melbourne Police Department/Facebook
Stephanie Moore, 20, was arrested in Melbourne, Fla., after this July photo of her apparently riding on the back of a sea turtle went viral. Melbourne Police Department/Facebook

MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested one of two women seen riding sea turtles in photos that went viral on social media.

The Melbourne Police Department said officers responding to a disturbance at a home Saturday night identified Stephanie Moore, 20, as one of two women wanted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over photos taken at a Florida beach in early July.

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The photos showed Moore and another woman sitting on the backs of sea turtles.

Moore was arrested on the active warrant and taken to the Brevard County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.

The state's Marine Turtle Protection Act makes it a third-degree felony to harass or attempt to capture any marine turtles.

Breaking News!In early July 2015, two females were seen in photographs where they appeared to be sitting or riding on...

Posted by Melbourne Police Department on Saturday, September 26, 2015
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