Florida Men Cannonball Onto Manatees, Post It On YouTube

At first, just the mother is visible, swimming just below the surface, which gets the men's pants all splodey with delight and anticipation.

"It's a huge one," the one with the camera says.

But then the second manatee appears, and it's clear that it's a baby.

"Oh there's another one," the man points out, making them even more giddy, like a bunch of mindless ogres who have come across the One True Ring.

"I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it," the other man says, before plowing into mother and calf and cackling with delight.

Both the FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are reviewing the video before deciding on whether to file charges, but it's clear that the men intended to harm the animals by treating them like wrestling dummies.

Manatees are protected under the Endangered Species Act, which is a second-degree misdemeanor with possible penalties being a fine of up to $500 or six months in jail.

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11 comments
ralphpetrucci
ralphpetrucci

These idiot are why the laws have to be in place and must be enforced.

emivk
emivk

I wonder ir they will do the same with and alligator or a boa constrictor, they deserve punishment for not respecting the beauty of these passive animals. Please teach them a lesson

cynthia103
cynthia103

please arrest these idiot scumbags

Dogma
Dogma

see the garden hose?  baiting them before jumping on them.

-everyone knows if you put a garden hose in the water the manatees will suck on it for a loooong time.  since its hard to get fresh water.  -fyi; banana river in coco is brackish.

samstersmithy
samstersmithy

Please file charges against these horrible idiots.  People who are cruel to endangered animals ought to be locked up.  

goalie30
goalie30

Throw those two fucking idiots in the water and I'll jump on them. Let's see what a heel to the base of their redneck skulls does.

Lauren Devine
Lauren Devine

It is apparent we will never run out of the stupid and the ignorant.

Jferever Dilligaf Gonz
Jferever Dilligaf Gonz

why havent the authorities gotten these guys yet? YOU GIVE FEDERAL CHARGES TO SOME WOMAN RIDING A MANATEE BUT THEY FAIL TO SNAG THIS GUY WHO CANNONBALLS ON TOP OF A BABY MANATEE......FFW DO YOUR JOB

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