Originally Posted by Mick Scarborough
For future reference: The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act outlaws riding or touching manatees and is punishable by a $500 fine or a jail term of up to 60 days. This law is for a good reason. Both Manatees and humans are mammals so we can pass disease to manatees and cause their death. They should never be touched for any reason except by a marine biologist or rescue workers.
If you see a picture of one being touched let me know. There are places to swim with and touch manatees in florida. This guy followed us.
Protection by law
The manatee is protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which make it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal. The manatee is also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978, which states: "It is unlawful for any person, at any time, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any manatee