Dave Bautista Places A $20,000 Bounty To Catch Person Who Defaced Manatee

The world was shocked this week when a manatee was discovered with the word “Trump” written on its body, and Dave Bautista took the issue seriously and placed a $20,000 bounty on whoever is responsible.

The former WWE wrestler turned Guardians of the Galaxy actor took to Twitter to announce the reward, telling his followers that he will donate a large sum to finding the culprit. 

“If there’s not already a reward for the arrest and conviction of the low life scummy MAGATs that did this, I’ll throw in $20,000,” Bautista tweeted. 

 “And I promise there will be bonuses to that reward!” he added. 

The animal was discovered in Florida’s Homosassa River after boat captain Hailey Warrington identified its unusual markings.

Authorities have since offered a $5,000 reward for anyone with information about who was behind the act.

However, experts found that “TRUMP” was not carved into the manatee’s skin but written in the algae on its back. But, though the animal isn’t seriously injured, harassment of a manatee is still a state and federal crime.

Dr. Melanie McField, Director of the Healthy Reefs Initiative at Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, said that the animal would have been forcefully held still for some time to allow the perpetrators to etch a word on its body, in what she called “bio graffiti.”

It was “possibly very stressful for the animal,” she added. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said: “Anyone convicted of violating this state law faces a possible maximum fine of $500 and/or imprisonment for up to 60 days.”