Quantcast

Woman illegally rides manatee off Siesta Key - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Woman illegally rides manatee off Siesta Key

Posted: Updated:
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL -

On the north side of Siesta Key, on a sand bar, a herd of manatees attracted the attention of a group of waders. But instead of admiring their beauty from a distance, a woman grabbed one, then rode on its back. Later, she touched a manatee again, and so does the guy she's with.

We took the video taken from Eagle 8 to Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Baryl Martin. As he watched, he commented. "Yeah, it appears somebody, one of the females is touching the manatees on the back. And actually riding the manatee. That's a violation of the manatee sanctuary act" said Martin.

Bothering a manatee is a second degree misdemeanor. You can spend 60 days in jail and be fined 5-hundred dollars. Besides being illegal, it can be dangerous. So Mote Marine Laboratory offers some advice.

Watch manatees from at least 1-hundred feet away.

Don't push them into deeper water.

And don't feed or harass manatees.

"These are one of the most beloved animals in the State of Florida and it's really our job and everybody's job to try and keep these animals safe said the FWC's Baryl Martin.  

 

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:06:47 GMT
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
  • 2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

    2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:01:24 GMT
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photoAbout 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photo
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
  • TPD claims training stories fell short

    TPD claims training stories fell short

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.