Authorities in the Tampa area were looking for this woman since Saturday afternoon, when bystanders photographed her riding a manatee in shallow waters near Fort De Soto Park.
Obviously, the giant sea cows are strictly protected in Florida because they face extinction.
Not only is riding them illegal — Duh! – it’s also dangerous because of their strong tails.
The manatee-rodeo clown finally surrendered to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office last night, saying she’s new to the area and didn’t know that manatees are protected.
The woman, identified as 52-year-old Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, could be charged criminally. The animal, by the way, isn’t believed to have been injured.
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