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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:34 pm | Updated: 10:21 am, Fri Oct 11, 2013.

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating an online video that shows a man jumping on two manatees.

The video shows a man doing a cannonball on top of what appears to be a manatee and a young calf swimming near a dock in a residential area. A voice is heard saying, "Should I do it? Let's do it. Jump, jump, jump."

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the video was shot more than a year and a half ago. The agency is investigating possible violations of the Endangered Species Act.

 

Anyone who violates the act's provision against harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting or killing a protected species can face up to $100,000 in fines, up to a year in prison, or both.

Manatees are protected by both state and federal laws.

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