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Three may face federal charges for jumping on manatees

May 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM   |   Comments

COCOA BEACH, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- Three men could face federal wildlife abuse charges after a video showed a man jumping onto two manatees in a South Florida canal, officials say.

The video, posted on Facebook and YouTube, was recorded a year ago in a Cocoa Beach neighborhood. The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

A man and two friends are shown in the video luring an adult manatee and a calf close to a dock with fresh water from a hose.

The adult manatee is jumped on by one of the men cannonball-style. The calf is almost hit too. The manatees try to swim away as the men laugh and the diver swims back to the dock.

Federal manatee harassment charges are expected to be filed against the men, say investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Each man in the video has been identified, authorities said, but their names will not be released until charges have been filed.

If convicted, each man could be sentenced to a year in jail and up to $50,000 in fines.

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