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Woman wanted for manatee riding at Fort DeSoto Park

1:16 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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Tierra Verde, Florida -- Pinellas deputies are looking for the woman who was seen "riding" and touching a manatee at Fort DeSoto Park Sunday afternoon. 

The Environmental Lands and Marine Enforcement Unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office responded received reports of the woman's ride around 1 p.m., just north of the Gulf Pier. When they arrived, she was nowhere to be found.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the woman on top of the manatee

According to the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, "It is unlawful for any person at any time, by any means, or in any manner, intentionally or negligently to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any Manatee."

Police say while no manatees appear to have been injured, violating the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act is a second degree misdemeanor.

Authorities now ask anyone with information on this woman, or her whereabouts to contact Deputy Charlie Tita of the Environmental Lands and Marine Enforcement Unit at 727-582-6200.

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