By: Jodi Westrick
After photos of a woman "riding" a sea turtle went viral through the popular Snap Chat app earlier this summer, Melbourne Police reported via Facebook that they had arrested the woman Saturday morning on a felony warrant.
According to the report, the photos of two women "flooded social media networks" and many people forwarded complaints to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Washington Post reported that police officers responded to a separate disturbance call and identified the woman as 20-year-old Stephanie Moore.
Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act. Florida's east-central shoreline, where Melbourne beach is located, is “the second most important nesting beach in the world,” according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. According to CBS News, 90 percent of the United States' population of sea turtles call that stretch of beach home.
Watch as Jeff Corwin works to protect sea turtle nests: