Riding A Manatee Is Illegal In Florida, Learns One 52-Year-Old Woman

She could serve 60 days in jail for the second-degree misdemeanor. posted on

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

52-year-old Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was seen riding a manatee at Florida’s Fort De Soto Park on Sunday afternoon, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

What Gutierrez apparently didn’t know is that riding a manatee is illegal — a second-degree misdemeanor, according to the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Acts:

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.

Gutierrez turned herself in to police Tuesday. She wasn’t arrested, but she faces charges with penalties of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

“Go ride a Jet Ski,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a press conference. “Don’t use animals.”

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
    Hot Buzz

    You Can Now Take Classes At Hogwarts

    omg

    Why It’s Time To End The Use Of Bullhooks Once And For All

    omg
    Now Buzzing