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May 22, 2013

Video: Cannonballing Onto Manatees Could Land Pranksters In Jail

By CJ Lotz

When will people learn that if you decide to do something stupid, it might not be such a great idea to shoot video of said stupid act. Or at the very least, don't post it online. But then, that's what keeps YouTube running, right?

This video, recorded in a Cocoa Beach, Florida, neighborhood, shows three men harassing a manatee and its calf—with one of the men cannonballing onto the animals as they swim in a canal.

They thought it was good fun, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating and plan to file federal harassment charges against the pranksters—which could result in $50,000 in fines and a year in the can for each man.

Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Stupid is a stupid does.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Throw the book at them. Best way to teach conservation in this materialistic world is to make the lesson expensive.

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from Gary Devine wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Manatees are gentle creatures. It is a shame they get hit accidentally with boat propeller blades.
To jump on them deliberately is appalling. I hope the Florida Fish and Wildlife nails all three idiots.

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from Anthony Qualkinbush wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

This is just awful. Manatees are wonderful peaceful animals, these morons deserve as much punishment as possible. If for no other reason than to hopefully stop some other moron from doing anything similar.

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from jay wrote 47 weeks 21 hours ago

I'm appalled as much as everyone however $50,000 for what they did seems extreme. How about 500 hours of community service devoted to habitat restoration for the manatee?

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from HogBlog wrote 47 weeks 3 hours ago

Community service means nothing, Jay. It's just something else to giggle about as they pick up cans along the highway... maybe catch a good buzz first, go do their work, and go home to laugh about the day. As a deterrent, it's as good as nothing. A serious fine (they probably won't get the maximum, although I think they should), on the other hand... that translates into something appreciable.

One of the problems with this sort of thing has always been the attitude that it's just not that serious, and the punishment usually reflects that. Unless law enforcement and the judicial system start to treat this as the crime it is, then there's no way they'll ever bring it to a stop.

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from dtownley wrote 46 weeks 6 days ago

amounts to kicking a baby with no parents
I hope they are caught and .......

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from RockySquirrel wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Stupid is a stupid does.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Throw the book at them. Best way to teach conservation in this materialistic world is to make the lesson expensive.

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from Gary Devine wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

Manatees are gentle creatures. It is a shame they get hit accidentally with boat propeller blades.
To jump on them deliberately is appalling. I hope the Florida Fish and Wildlife nails all three idiots.

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from Anthony Qualkinbush wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

This is just awful. Manatees are wonderful peaceful animals, these morons deserve as much punishment as possible. If for no other reason than to hopefully stop some other moron from doing anything similar.

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from jay wrote 47 weeks 21 hours ago

I'm appalled as much as everyone however $50,000 for what they did seems extreme. How about 500 hours of community service devoted to habitat restoration for the manatee?

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from HogBlog wrote 47 weeks 3 hours ago

Community service means nothing, Jay. It's just something else to giggle about as they pick up cans along the highway... maybe catch a good buzz first, go do their work, and go home to laugh about the day. As a deterrent, it's as good as nothing. A serious fine (they probably won't get the maximum, although I think they should), on the other hand... that translates into something appreciable.

One of the problems with this sort of thing has always been the attitude that it's just not that serious, and the punishment usually reflects that. Unless law enforcement and the judicial system start to treat this as the crime it is, then there's no way they'll ever bring it to a stop.

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from dtownley wrote 46 weeks 6 days ago

amounts to kicking a baby with no parents
I hope they are caught and .......

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