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Don't Molest the Manatees!

By October 3, 2012

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Woman Riding a Manatee

By now I'm sure everyone has learned about the cow ride heard round the city! Let this be a lesson to everyone in the city of Tampa Bay and all around Florida too, DO NOT RIDE A MANATEE! Not only is it an illegal act punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a possible fine of $500, it's also very dangerous to the animals.

What's the big deal? Why can't you ride one? According to the Save the Manatee Club, "Touching manatees can alter their behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to leave warm water areas, making them susceptible to potential harm."

The photo above from Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shows a woman riding a Manatee. Witnesses saw her riding it and snapped pictures and sent them to PCSO. After they received the images the PCSO sent them out everywhere urging citizens to turn her in. The woman, identified as Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez has turned herself in for breaking the law by riding it. She claims she is new to the area and didn't know it was illegal to ride one.Well, she along with many others know it's illegal now!



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