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Man arrested for harassing manatee on Facebook

(PALMBEACHPOST) — A 21-year-old Fort Pierce man is facing charges of harassing a manatee calf during a visit last month to Taylor Creek.

Authorities arrested Ryan William Waterman after he allegedly posted online photos of himself and two young children petting a manatee calf at a park area along the Intracoastal Waterway opposite the St. Lucie Inlet and southwest of St. Lucie County International Airport.

One image on Waterman’s Facebook page shows him lifting the calf partially out of the water and another shows a child sitting on top of the manatee, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.