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"Woman who rode manatee at Fort De Soto turns herself in"

A few days ago the story was something like “POLICE LOOKING FOR WOMAN WHO RODE MANATEE,” but now we know who she is and the waters around Fort De Soto Park are safe once more!

…Honestly, I feel pretty bad for the woman (and the manatee), who is now the face/body of “manatee molestation,” even if she did do something inexplicably stupid that also happens to be illegal. Authorities have reported that the manatee didn’t seem to be physically hurt. As for mentally…well, we just don’t know.

On the upside, her manatee joy ride has surely spread awareness about manatees across the intarwubs. In case you forgot, manatees are endangered; don’t touch or harass ‘em. But feel free to adopt them!

Photograph: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

"Woman who rode manatee at Fort De Soto turns herself in"

A few days ago the story was something like “POLICE LOOKING FOR WOMAN WHO RODE MANATEE,” but now we know who she is and the waters around Fort De Soto Park are safe once more!

…Honestly, I feel pretty bad for the woman (and the manatee), who is now the face/body of “manatee molestation,” even if she did do something inexplicably stupid that also happens to be illegal. Authorities have reported that the manatee didn’t seem to be physically hurt. As for mentally…well, we just don’t know.

On the upside, her manatee joy ride has surely spread awareness about manatees across the intarwubs. In case you forgot, manatees are endangered; don’t touch or harass ‘em. But feel free to adopt them!

Photograph: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

This video of a Virginia Beach resident recounting his unexpected encounter with a manatee wasn’t very interesting (slow news day?)…until the lower third popped up.

York Fee, I don’t think you can get a better title than "Manatee’s Friend."

Ok, this part of the article is also pretty good:

"At the time I didn’t know it was a manatee," Fee said. "It was looking up at me, and I thought I had some bad tacos last night."

What happens to manatees when the weather is too cold? BAD STUFF:

Manatees are particularly sensitive to cold. When the temperature drops below 68 degrees, they seek refuge in the warmer water flowing from springs and power plant outfalls. Normally, it’s a slow death. Their skin develops lesions, their metabolism slows and they stop eating. Generally they succumb to secondary infections.

:( From St. Petersburg Times in an article about a manatee who was rescued from chilly waters.

What happens to manatees when the weather is too cold? BAD STUFF:

Manatees are particularly sensitive to cold. When the temperature drops below 68 degrees, they seek refuge in the warmer water flowing from springs and power plant outfalls. Normally, it’s a slow death. Their skin develops lesions, their metabolism slows and they stop eating. Generally they succumb to secondary infections.

:( From St. Petersburg Times in an article about a manatee who was rescued from chilly waters.

This week SeaWorld released a 630-pound manatee back into the wild after it recovered from watercraft-related injuries.

Dear boats: Stop hitting blorp-ilicious manatees! …If only their blorpiness didn’t make them so easy to hit.

Five-year-old manatee Clarice was just released back into the wild after recovering from cold stress at SeaWorld. YOU SHALL PADDLE FREELY, CLARICE.

Cold-Stressed Manatee Rescued From Chilly Canal
This lil’ manatee plop is recovering at SeaWorld!

Cold-Stressed Manatee Rescued From Chilly Canal

This lil’ manatee plop is recovering at SeaWorld!

Manatee face close-up! (Along with someone’s knees.)

This manatee is one of three that was just released back into the wild by the Miami Seaquarium. Photograph by Allen Eyestone from The Palm Beach Post.