Conservation

Manatees Are Not for Riding

It's against the law to even touch them, one woman discovers

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A Florida woman was videotaped riding a manatee in Fort De Soto Beach, near Tampa Bay, last Sunday and may face a $1,000 fine under the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was videotaped riding three manatees despite numerous signs around the beach and various beachgoers asking her to get off the mammals, the report said.

"She was jumping from one to another," Lynn Parrish, who witnessed the swim, told the station.