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Old 11-25-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Florida woman arrested for riding an endangered manatee - Yahoo! News
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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I'm sorry but anyone living in Florida KNOWS. Lots of Florida drinking boaters also know about the rules regarding manatees slow speed laws in manatee area and still totally disregard the rules and think nothing of speeding through the areas for their own stupid and selfish reasons.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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It's uncool what she did.... an adult woman should know better regardless of whether it's against the law or not but what kills me is.... she contacted the authorities 2 months ago in September and told them she was the "unidentified" woman in the photos. They knew who she was.... they knew where she lived.... they knew what kind of a car she drove..... they did zip nadda nothing for 2 months then humiliated and degraded her by cuffing her and reading her her rights at her place of employment like she's some sort of a hardened criminal>>>? Why the dog and pony show? This is the type of person who if called would have come into the station. I don't get it. I just don't get it.
I loved some of the comments...
"meanwhile, ten tons of crack cocaine being sold on the streets - but we got the manatee lady.

dam were good..."
"I'm glad they caught her. I didn't feel safe knowing she was on the loose."
"I like Florida. Everything is in the 80's. The temperatures, the ages and the IQs." -George Carlin
"When are the police going to Wall street to make some arrests at work?"
'Could you show the jury where on this stuffed manateee she touched you?"
And these comments that were more to the crux of the situation....
"I supported jokes yesterday. I did my own lookup of Ana. There is nothing kinder than a person interacting with an animal. Putting cheap shots aside, I would say this is a non legal story. Regardless of the law, Ana did not harm the animal. As I revieved the pictures, Ana was simply enjoying being with a manatee. How many here have swam with dolphins unattended?"
''Seriously: recreational boaters are running Manatees over; the propellers slice them deeply. Most die slowly afterward. The only solution is a law requiring safety cages around propellers (which makes work for the boaters as weeds get caught in them), or jet pump drives only. This woman was arrested for the equivalent of jaywalking."
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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One quip was as to the psychological effect the ride may have had on the manatee.

When I was a kid I used to ride our cows, but I was not as adventurous as my sister who also rode the pigs.

Psychological effect: I don't think they liked this effort for animal/human interaction on my part. A cow is not built like a horse (or a camel). The basic reaction of a cow to being ridden, is to bolt and then putting its head down while coming to a screeching halt, sending the rider face forward --often into a pile of cow dung. Now I don't know if this was fun for the cow or not.

But there was nothing there about whether the ride was fun for the manatee--which Im sure was part of the woman's original intent for mounting that giant fish.

Maybe she was just trying out her own version of Sea World, where dolphins and whales don't seem to mind the human attention.
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