Florida Man Arrested For “Molesting” A Manatee

Ryan William Waterman, a man from Fort Pierce, Florida, has been arrested for pulling a baby manatee out of the water and hugging it and then letting his children ride it.

1. Waterman decided to put the photos on his Facebook, for some reason.

2. In Florida, it is illegal to injure, harm, harass, capture, or attempt to capture a manatee. If he’s convicted he’ll be fine $500 and spent up to 60 days in jail.

4. Last October, a similar incident happened, involving a woman from Florida who got on the back of a manatee and rode it.

6. People of Florida, stop hugging Manatees!

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