By Maya Rhodan
September 26, 2015

A woman in Florida was arrested early Saturday for harassing sea turtles after a photo of her squatting over a turtle’s back went viral over the summer.

Stephanie Marie Moore of Melbourne, Fla. was arrested for allegedly molesting a “marine turtle or eggs nest,” First Coast News, a Florida NBC affiliate, reported Saturday. The police discovered Moore while responding to a call about a domestic disturbance.

“During the course of this investigation, officers encountered a subject with an active felony warrant,” the Melbourne Police Department posted on Facebook, along with a photo allegedly showing Moore hunched over a sea turtle. Moore was taken to Brevard County Jail, where her bond was set at $2000.

The Marine Turtle Protection Act makes it a third-degree felony to injure, harm, harass, capture or attempt to capture any marine turtles, eggs or nests, according to FCN.

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