Manatee-Riding Woman Charged In Florida

Nov 25, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sky News

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference a few days later asking for the public's help in identifying the woman.

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I understand that Subby - but it's also unlawful to convict someone of harming an animal if they're not sure if "riding" is harming.
We fed Manatees in Treasure Island last year - they ate right from our hands. I swear you could swim with those animals - they're not fast and gentle as h*ll. It would be difficult to prove that riding one was indeed harming one - unless you could get the Manatee's angle on the story.
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I agree that there should be reasonable slack granted to people who mean no harm to the manatees while technically committing borderline offenses of the law.
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Nov 26, 2012
 
She was told numerous times that it was not allowed by bystanders and did it any way. She was in a county park with signage all over the place stating not to harass the wildlife.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wild...

Too bad the dumb bitch didn't jump on a shark.:)

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She was told numerous times that it was not allowed by bystanders and did it any way. She was in a county park with signage all over the place stating not to harass the wildlife.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wild...
Too bad the dumb bitch didn't jump on a shark.:)
If that is true, it puts a whole new perspective on things in opposition to my previous statements about it. In that case, she would be a liar and deserving of whatever punishment might be meted out.

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"Ignorance", including willful, and intent -- one can zoom down a state highway at 80 mph with no intent to cause an accident with fatalities and injuries -- are not excuses.

Manatees are endangered and protected by locality, county, state, and federal statutes. Within the parameters of the rules and regulations from these statutes:

" Do NOT enter designated/posted sanctuaries for any reason!
Do NOT pursue/chase (swimming after) or corner a manatee while swimming or diving. This includes following manatees for any reason.
Do NOT disturb a resting manatee. Sleeping manatees sometimes rest in a "face-plant" on the river bottom, rising for air every few minutes. It is unlawful to interfere with these normal activities.
Do NOT attempt to feed the manatees or give them water. Doing so may make the manatee associate food and water with humans, endangering the manatee.
Do NOT attempt to ride, poke, prod, or grab the manatee at any time with any object including your hand or foot.
Do NOT attempt to single out or surround a manatee.
Do NOT attempt to separate a calf from it's mother, or any manatee from a group of manatees."

more in this:
http://www.homesafe.com/features/manatee/rule...

"Experts" in law interpretation better have a good lawyer on retention.
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Nov 27, 2012
 
Ha

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Ah, good old mens rea. There are many different standards for intent. Many statutes use an objective reasonable person standard as opposed to a subjective standard. Some use strict liability, where intent is irrelevant.
This statute says to intentionally (which is a subjective standard) or ďnegligentlyĒ(which is an objective standard) annoy molest or harass.
A negligence standard uses an objective reasonable person standard. Pretty sure an objective reasonable person would know that hopping on a manatee for a ride while itís doing its thing is interfering with it or disturbing it.
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Oh, Iíve heard they are nice and I was ignorant of the law too, before reading that article. The thing is, you donít need to harm one. Just disturb one, which means to interfere with it.
Lol...and I've met some really disturbed Manatees back in the day.

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Yeah,yeah,,sure,sure,,,,but would it be illegal to cope a feel,,say
It's not really illegal if ya don't get caught. I once got busy with one in a burger king bathroom.

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Couldn't just stick with noodling, could ya?

Back to your water/mud hole, neck.
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another 20 in the bucket
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Nov 28, 2012
 
OK, I just looked at the picture, which one is the manatee?

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Marlon Perkins wrote:
OK, I just looked at the picture, which one is the manatee?
O...M...G!!!

They should arrest the Manatee for impersonating a fat old woman in a hat!!!

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....which one is the manatee.....?
The more physically fit one.
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Nov 29, 2012
 
i didn't know you couldn't touch them ? when i lived in Florida they used to love to follow our boat

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keep Dreaming wrote:
i didn't know you couldn't touch them ? when i lived in Florida they used to love to follow our boat
In its proper context> I would suspect if a manatee came up to you looking for attention, it might not technically be in violation of the law as written.
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yea you are probably right

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