A man was arrested after he tried to take a ride on the back of a manatee in the Florida Keys.
James Massengale Jr., 47, was charged with annoying, molesting, harassing, or disturbing a manatee after a witness at a park near Islamorada reported a man "touching and laying" on top of manatees in a creek off Library Beach, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman, Officer Bobby Dube, said in a news release.
Dube said a witness told Massengale it was illegal to touch the mammals, but the man reportedly replied “I’m riding it.”
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Massengale allegedly became verbally combative with FWC officials and vowed to not appear in court when issued a citation. He then began to chant “Take me to jail.”
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Massengale. He is being held on $25,000 bond.
Officials believe he may be homeless because he didn't have any identification at the time of his arrest. Attorney information for Massengale was not listed.