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Manatee Molester on the Loose in Tampa Bay

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An unidentified woman was seen hitching a ride on the back of a manatee in the waters off Fort De Soto Park in the Tampa Bay area, which runs afoul of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.

Now authorities are looking for the manatee molester.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, the woman was spotted climbing on the back of a manatee on Sunday afternoon around 1 pm. She was clad in a black bikini top, red shorts and a white baseball cap.

Fellow beach goers snapped pictures and informed deputies.

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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
But, by the time authorities arrived on the scene, the woman was nowhere to be seen.

The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act forbids anyone from "intentionally or negligently" trying to "molest, harass, or disturb any manatee." Obviously, this includes lying on top of a sea cow.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Environmental Lands and Marine Enforcement Unit at (727) 582-6200.

The incident comes just weeks after authorities in Sarasota had to warn beachgoers not to interrupt large groups of manatees who had congregated near a beach to mate.

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9 comments
jordanchadsey
jordanchadsey

@sophieee1217 wth! it's like those Taboo shows that portray creepy things... Florida and the UK always have a story

AlPal_ATL
AlPal_ATL

@AZyo is Whiskers the molester or is he getting molested? #NOOOOOO

Yen Siskos
Yen Siskos

I can't wait for this to be on Gawker...as usual.

SuwanneeRefugee
SuwanneeRefugee

@PaddlingFan yep. Since her face was all over the news she gave herself up. Charges possibly coming.

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