It should be one of those things that goes without saying, but for the record: Do not jump on manatees.
Two Florida have plead guilty to harassing the endangered species after a video appeared on Facebook that showed the two young men luring manatees to a dock and then jumping on them, prosecutors said on Friday.
The video shows Taylor Blake Martin and Seth Andrew Stephenson, both 22, luring manatees in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Stephenson used a hose to attract a manatee and her calf to a boat dock. When the peaceful sea cows neared, Martin cannonballed them.
Now the two men face up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Orlando. A sentencing date has not been set, but one can only hope the judge will consider letting the manatees jump on the men as part of their punishment for their heartless crime.