It seems like such a minor thing, but you’re not allowed to touch manatees. They are protected by federal law. Here’s what happened.
A boat captain on a fishing charter near Weedon Island was caught on video from a drone using a rod to reach out and poke to a manatee. When the video went viral, that’s all it took for many to want him put away.
Charged in federal court for harassing the manatee, the penalty could have been prison time. The prosecution, however, asked only for a $2,000 fine. He plead guilty and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.
The captain’s defense was that he was just trying to push something off the back of the manatee. The judge did watch the video.
[Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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