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Manatee-Riding Woman Charged In Florida
A Florida woman has been charged with violating state law by climbing onto the back of a manatee.
Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on a misdemeanour warrant on Saturday.
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say she was photographed riding the manatee at Fort De Soto Park last September.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference a few days later asking for the public's help in identifying the woman.
Gutierrez called deputies and allegedly admitted touching the endangered sea mammal.
She told them she was new to the area and did not know it was illegal to touch a manatee. The manatee was not hurt.
Interfering with the mammal is regarded as a second degree misdemeanour under the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.
The Act states it is "unlawful for any person at any time, by any means, or in any manner intentionally or negligently to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any manatee".
The maximum penalty is a $500 fine and six months in jail. Gutierrez was released on $1,500 bail.
what do you think?
She can't ride on a manatee but they can all ride around on horses in town centres?
Crazy world we live in or what!
Doesn't manatee to her then
Bet shes rode a manortwo !!!!
I was wondering which one was the manatee in the photo...
Lock her up for this terrible crime!!
Thumbs down for sarcasm wahoo!
if you look closely she is actualy interfering with it in a sexual manner, but in her defence you can also see the manatee smiling, so it is consensual, happy times for all,
i bet no one has ever managed to get a picture of a whale riding a manatee before
The Good Times Just Keep On Coming!!! LMAO!!! ;-)