Florida Woman Illegally Rides Manatee Like a Horse in Siesta Key Waters

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People can't seem to stop being stupid and treating manatees like they're playthings to jump on top of and ride like a horse.

Just a day after two dolts jumped on top of a mother manatee and her calf, comes an WFLA report of a woman leaping on a manatee and trying to ride it like that kid does the giant dog in The Neverending Story.

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The woman was actually caught on video by a WFLA news chopper, as she swam in the waters of Siesta Key.

She and another man waded towards a herd of manatees that had gathered in the shallows of a sand bar. The woman decided that watching the majestic beauty of manatees swimming in the wild wasn't quite enough of an experience, so she decided to hop on top of one and ride it like a pony.

She then hopped off the animal, and touched it again. Because, they really love when people ride them like a horse and then keep prodding them.

The man then joined in on the manatee molestation-grabass-palooza.

This, of course, conjures up memories of the Original Manatee Molester, Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez, who was arrested late last year after she hopped on top of a manatee swimming off the waters of Gulf Pier in St. Petersburg.

WFLA took their video of the Siesta Key Manatee Molester to a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer, totally ratting her out.

But that's a good thing, because aside from molesting manatees being a dumb thing to do, it's also a violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, which states that it is illegal for people to "intentionally or negligently" attempt to "molest, harass, or disturb any manatee."

And that falls under "trying to ride a manatee like a goddamn rodeo bull"

If convicted, the penalty is up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

So, for, for the last time, please stop touching, prodding, feeding, grabbing, poking, dry humping, and otherwise molesting all the manatees you run into in the wild.

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perhaps  FWC should prosecute instead of giving a harsh warning if they really want people to take the law seriously.


Just leave the critters alone, why you gotta hassle them? They are so chill.


next up, molesting er,  petting zoo police. 


BFD!  its a fking sea cow.   how does this hurt them?  and siesta key is salt water.  they can choose to go elsewhere if they felt endangered   (its not 30 degrees when they need to stay in the warm rivers)

other than being cute, how is this different than riding a turtle, porpoise, or a horse?   

want to get upset? try feeding ducks.  that's a problem looking for a solution.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Lock these people up for a long time. Stop bothering manatees.

James Richmond
James Richmond

My question is why do we have stupid laws to protect what is basically a non native species from harassment, while trying to eradicate all the other non native species of plants and animals. Same thing with the so called "Florida Panther" They have been cross bred with introduced Texas and California panthers to the point there is no longer a true Florida panther bloodline left. What is their use in the natural environment? They serve no porpoise. Its not like they are helping to control the wild hog population. There is like 30 of them left in the wild. Why? Because there is 30 of them left in the wild. There is not enough of them to find each other and get busy. Round them up and put them into zoo's and breeding programs and within a couple of years they would no longer be an endangered species.


Sometimes I wish manatees had teeth.

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Perhaps there's a telepathic bond between trashy, poorly-educated Floridians and manatees... Too bad Rick Scott didn't allow tuition at FL university's to go up; UF could have used the extra money to study this phenomenon.

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