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Florida Woman Arrested For Riding On A Sea Turtle

Police in Florida arrested a woman after photos of her riding a sea turtle went viral.

Melbourne Police Department arrested Stephanie Moore, 20, on Saturday on a felony warrant relating to the possession, selling, or molestation of marine turtle or eggs nest, according to a Facebook post on their page.

The police were alerted to the crime after photos of two females riding on sea turtles flooded social media in July. Melbourne Police say multiple complaints were made about the incident and were sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who launched a full criminal investigation.

See photos of Moore and the incident:

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Stephanie Marie Moore seen in a photograph shared on social media and released by the Melbourne, Fla., Police Department showing what appears to be Moore and another female sitting or riding on sea turtles. (Melbourne Police Department)
Booking photo of Stephanie Moore, 20, who was arrested for allegedly riding a sea turtle. (Melbourne Police Department)
A Melbourne Beach woman was arrested after a Snapchat photo surfaced of her on a sea turtle's back: http://t.co/ryRxeOEtIv
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It took some time, but one of two women who harassed the nesting mother in Melbourne, FL has been arrested.... http://t.co/KpWqzhRFL0
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Moore was allegedly one of the two women seen sitting or riding on the turtles in the photos.

Police came across Moore on Saturday when they responded to a disturbance in the area. There, they approached her with the felony warrant and arrested her. She is being held on $2000 bail.

In Florida, WESH reports that it is a third-degree felony to injure, harm, harass, capture or attempt to capture any marine turtles, eggs or nests, according to the Marine Turtle Protection Act.

Watch below to see how a coast guard drug mission became a sea turtle rescue:
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Related: See dozens of sea turtles being safely released into the Atlantic:
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BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are seen before they are released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, transfers some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into a box before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, transfers some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into a box before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard LTJG Jessica Shafer (2nd R) helps marine turtle specialists load onto the boat boxes of some of more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, as they prepare to release them into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, carries some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are seen before they are released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard BM2 Humberto Diaz pilots the boat as turtle specialists on board search for a spot to place the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A researcher releases some of the more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard LTJG Jessica Shafer helps David Anderson, a Marine Turtle Specialist, carry a box of some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, as they prepare to release them into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick (L) and David Anderson, both Marine Turtle Specialists, release some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, wait to be released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick, a Marine Turtle Specialist, prepares to release a Loggerhead turtle as it joins more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, being released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick (L) and David Anderson, both Marine Turtle Specialists, release some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A Loggerhead hatchling swims in the water as more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: David Anderson, a Marine Turtle Specialist, prepares to release a Loggerhead turtle as it joins more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles being released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A Loggerhead hatchling swims in the water as more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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