Manatees are my favorite animal. They are large and kind-looking, not aggressive and we share common interests — namely swimming in warm water very slowly and seaweed salad. A manatee has never pushed you out of the way to get on the train, or asked you to “keep it down,” or taken your seat on the bus. They are gentle souls. That’s why this footage of a woman riding a manatee in Florida is so awful. The most recent incident in a spate of human-on-manatee assault, the unnamed woman and her friends harassed this gentle herd until they finally swam away. A gentle reminder as we lead into this Memorial Day weekend — admire wild animals from afar. [WFLA]
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Molest a manatee and you may find yourself behind bars. Gloria Garcia Guiterrez, the woman who was caught riding a manatee in Florida a couple of months back, was taken into custody this weekend. Authorities showed up at Sears, where the 53-year-old works, and booked her. Guiterrez admitted to taking a joy ride on the endangered sea mammal, and now faces up to six months in jail. She is currently out on bail.
I can’t say I blame her. Manatees are irresistible. But alas, the law protects them from being intentionally annoyed, molested, harassed or disturbed. Hey, I want a law protecting me from all that. [LA Times]