A Florida Keys man was arrested this past Friday for harassing and riding manatees and their calves in Islamorada.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 47-year-old James Massengale Jr. was seen by witnesses touching two adult manatees, as well as their calves on Islamorada Library Beach.

Massengale, who’s homeless, admitted to those witnesses that he’d ridden the animals.

He was arrested upon claims that he wouldn’t go to court, and actually asked to go to jail.

He was charged with molesting a manatee and is being held in the Monroe County jail on $25,000 bail.


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