A Florida woman known as the “Manatee Rider” has turned herself in to authorities. At first I thought the pictures were a new sighting of Loch Ness but upon further inspection, I saw that it was an actual human on top of this poor Manatee.
The “Manatee Rider” -Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, Fla. admitted to riding the Manatee but did not know it was illegal to do so. It is actually a misdemeanor offense to “annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any Manatee” whether “intentionally or negligently.”
Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was not arrested as officials said the occurrence did not happen in their presence. It is believed that no harm was done to the Manatee.
Not harmed?!?! Give me a break! I’m sure the Manatee has some sort of hernia now and will never be the same. If only animals could sue for pain and suffering.