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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.

Posted on February 20, 2013, at 1:28 p.m. ET

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

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.

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

People of Florida, stop hugging Manatees!

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