Tampa Bay Online After pictures of a woman riding a manatee at Fort De Soto Park made it to the Internet and TV news, suspect Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez called the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to turn herself in. Pinellas County deputies met with Gutierrez at her home and questioned her, and they said she admitted to the act, claiming she is new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees. Deputies explained the law and the possible penalties, and explained to her that charges would be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Because it didn’t happen while deputies were watching, however, she was not arrested, deputies said.A witness took photos of the impromptu ride just north of the park’s Gulf Pier, and the photos quickly went viral. Someone contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Now the nameless woman faces a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Manatees are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, the federal Marine Mammal Act and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.It’s illegal to harass, disturb and pursue the sea cows, which would include feeding them and certainly riding one, said Katie Tripp, director of science and conservation for the Save the Manatee Club. “If you care about the animal and you like manatees, you need to keep your distance,” Tripp said. “You should treat manatees with the same respect of a wild animal and give them space.” While manatees might look docile, they are strong, weigh around 1,000 pounds and can react unpredictably when startled, Tripp said. “That paddle tail they have is so strong and powerful,” Tripp said. “You don’t want to be on the receiving end of that tail.” Interaction with people makes manatees more likely to seek out humans, which can put the sea cows in harm’s way, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Riding them could increase their stress, Morse said.
A sea cow trying to ride a manatee! Are we sure that this beast of a woman was just trying to ride the manatee and not “ride” it as in mate with it? I think she was horny and realized that she was roughly the same tonnage as the manatee, so she tried to fornicate with the poor creature, who was clearly not drunk enough to return the favor.
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