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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Race to the finish," Nov. 3, 2012

Riding low

A woman who caused a stir by riding a manatee in Pinellas County, Fla., turned herself in to police on Oct. 2: She said she wasn’t aware that riding the endangered species is against the law. Witnesses saw and photographed 52-year-old Ana Gutierrez riding a sea cow in the waters of Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 30, and an image of her manatee joy ride went viral on the internet. The misdemeanor charge of harming or disturbing a manatee could net Gutierrez a 60-day maximum jail sentence and a $500 maximum penalty.


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