Huffpost Weird News

Manatee Riding May Mean Criminal Charges For Unidentified Florida Woman (PHOTO)

Posted: Updated:

More like mana-tease.

Those friendly giants let you bum a ride, and then, before you know it, you're slapped with criminal charges.

At least that's what might happen to one Florida woman, who was photographed by beachgoers as she caught a lift from a manatee in Fort De Soto Park, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is now trying to identify the woman, who they say may be in violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, according to a news release from the PCSO website. The legislation makes it a misdemeanor to "annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any Manatee” whether "intentionally or negligently."

UPDATE: The woman in the photos has identified herself to police as Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, Fla., the Sun Sentinel reports. She allegedly admitted to riding the manatee, and said she did not realize that doing so was illegal.

Officials determined that the crime was not an arrestable offense because it did not occur in the deputy's presence.

The manatee is believed to have not been harmed.

See More Photos Of The Manatee Ride: (story continues below)

Manatee Rider
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Apparently, people just can't stay away from manatees. In July, officials had to use police tape to cordon off a manatee mating area because so many people had gathered in hopes of glimpsing some manatee lovemaking.

Around the Web

Woman rides wild manatee in Florida, turns herself in

Wanted: Woman Who Took Joy Ride on Manatee

Woman wanted for manatee riding

Officials look for manatee-riding woman

Florida Woman Rides Manatee, Turns Herself In