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Manatees - 2002 Best and Worst
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File Under Oops, Sorry
Call it a hit and stop. A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer accidentally knocked off one of those lovable manatees while on patrol near Brevard County's Haulover Canal. The officer was exiting a slow-speed zone when his boat whacked the sea cow. Although Florida doesn't penalize boaters for striking manatees with their vessels as long as the boats are operated lawfully, we wonder if the officer gave himself a stern warning.

This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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