The Water Bowl: Florida Woman Arrested for Riding Manatee

11/27/2012 at 11:40 AM EST

Florida Woman Arrested for September Manatee Ride
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Two months after she was caught on camera riding a manatee, a Florida woman was arrested over the weekend for violating the state's Manatee Sanctuary Act. Family say she's embarrassed and upset over the arrest, which occurred while she was working a shift as a cleaner at Sears. –ABC News

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