Florida police arrest woman sought for allegedly riding sea turtles

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A 20-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of riding a sea turtle in Florida..

Stephanie Moore allegedly molested the endangered loggerhead turtle on a beach in July – and images which appear to show her involvement went viral on social media at the time. Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act restricts the disturbance, molestation or harassment of sea turtles, which are a protected species under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. She was captured on Saturday morning after police were called to a disturbance in Melbourne, and officers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest. Stephanie Marie Moore, 20, was taken to Brevard County Jail when officers were responding to a house disturbance early on Saturday and came across Moore, who had an active felony warrant for the sea turtle incident, the Melbourne Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had conducted a criminal investigation after the photos, which surfaced in July, sparked outrage. The pictures allegedly were sent over Snapchat, and had a filter label that suggested they were taken at Melbourne Beach, which is known for its sea turtles.

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