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Florida woman faces felony charge over sea turtle antics posted online

Photos appearing to show two women 'riding' sea turtles caused outrage on social media. (Melbourne Police Department/Facebook)

WASHINGTON — A Florida woman’s antics with a sea turtle proved no joke when she was arrested Saturday.

Stephanie Marie Moore had been wanted on a felony warrant since July. (Photo: Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
Stephanie Marie Moore had been wanted on a felony warrant since July. (Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Stephanie Marie Moore had been wanted since July, after pictures appearing to show two women ‘riding’ a sea turtle went viral online.

The pictures flooded social media and were reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which launched a criminal investigation.

Moore is facing a felony charge of molesting a marine turtle.

The photos were allegedly taken on Melbourne Beach, part of a 20-mile stretch along Florida’s coast, which is a crucial sea turtle habitat.

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