Some beast scraped Trump’s name into this bad manatee’s back
Last week was a cacophony of awful Trump-related news, however this is the one that hit home hardest for me: a manatee with his name scraped into its back was found in the headwaters of Florida’s Homosassa river ( by means of Citrus County Chronicle). At the moment it’s unclear whether the animal was really injured, or if the name was just scraped into the algae on its back, however it’s a criminal offense in any case.
While US Fish and Wildlife officials informed the Chronicle that they “[could not] discuss an existing, ongoing investigation”, they’re asking anyone who may have details about who did this to connect to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Center for Biological Diversity is also offering a $5,000 benefit for details that results in a conviction.
An examination might be challenging, though– manatees are, of course, live creatures, and while this particular one was discovered near a regional swimming spot called Blue Hole, it’ll be tough to determine where the manatee was when someone did this to it.
If the person is caught, nevertheless, it won’t be excellent news for them. Manatees are classified as threatened, and are for that reason fall under the federal Endangered Species Protection Act. If someone is discovered to have criminally pestered a manatee, they could be facing up to a $50,000 fine, a year in jail, or both. Even just chasing after a manatee while it’s swimming is considered harassment, so picture scraping something into one’s back.
I lived in Florida for 15 years, and was on the water a lot. If there’s one thing that’s extremely clear, it’s that you need to not mess with the manatees. There are indications on every public dock telling boaters to keep an eye out for manatees, and every natural science museum I went to had an exhibit on how manatees were threatened by motorboats and human activity. I vividly remember outdoor camping trips where rangers informed us that we had to stop swimming in Manatee Springs because, surprise, there were manatees there, and they were not to be disturbed.
Getting to see them up close was an actually incredible experience, and it provided the one good piece of news that I can provide you: manatees are difficult animals, and I’ve seen numerous swimming around with scars from boat props. Despite someone being so senseless as to scrape anything into its back, it needs to ideally be all right.
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