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February 19th, 2013
Manatee molester

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after posting Facebook photos of himself and two young children petting and holding a manatee calf, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The FWC filed charges against Ryan William Waterman, 21, with the State Attorney's Office regarding a violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act after receiving tips from a citizen who saw photos of the incident on Facebook.

The act makes it a second-degree misdemeanor to intentionally "molest, harass, or disturb" any manatee.

Manatees are classified as an endangered species in Florida.

The pictures show a man the FWC identified as Waterman with two young children petting a manatee calf. They also show Waterman lifting the calf partially out of the water. One image even shows a child sitting on top of the manatee.

The State Attorney agreed with the charges filed by FWC investigators and a warrant was issued for Waterman’s arrest.

I don't personally know this to be true, but I've heard from a reliable source that barbecued manatee steaks are very tasty.

-W&J's Producer

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