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Not cool, bros: Men sentenced for luring, jumping on baby manatee (VIDEO)

COCOA BEACH, Fla — Two men in Florida learned the hard way that messing with endangered species is not cool.

A U.S. Magistrate fined Taylor Blake Martin, 22, of Alabama and Seth Andrew Stephenson, 22, of Florida around $3,000 for harassing an endangered species after they posted a video online of them “cannonballing” manatees.

The two men were also sentenced to two years of probation, the Naples News reported.

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Video grab from manatee jumping video.

The men pleaded guilty to harassment in March after a video posted on Facebook shows them luring two manatees to a dock and jumping onto an adult male and calf as the animals tried to swim away.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesmen condemned their actions.

“There’s absolutely no excuse for this type or reckless behavior with an y wildlife species, but particularly those that are endangered,” Spokesman Ken Warren told Naples News.

Manatees, found in marine areas around Florida and the Gulf Coast, are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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2 comments

  • jeff

    This is incredible, we have terrorists trying to get into our country and the best the justice system can do is punish two men having a good time with a critter. This is abusive power from the prosecution and fish and wild life run a-muck. The animals were not hurt, the men didn't harm the creatures. This is an example of someone having authority over another person and choosing to abuse their position of authority. What is disgusting is that the media is treating this like they killed someone. Why don't they show the same concern over the baseball player who was murdered by blk thugs?


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