By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:07 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 18:17 GMT, 12 February 2020
A shocking video showing a brazen man slapping a seal on its backside to Akon's 'Smack That' has prompted an investigation from federal marine life authorities.
A video shared to Tik Tok by user Eric Mustevoy shows an unidentified man sneaking up behind the large mammal and smacking it on its backside.
The man quickly darts off as the monk seal snaps at him for the violation.
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A video shared to Tik Tok by user Eric Mustevoy shows an unidentified man sneaking up behind the large mammal and smacking it on its backside
While the video was shared on TikTok it grew in infamy once it was shared by Instagram account Hungry Hungry Hawaiian.
Many in the comments slammed Mustevoy and hoped that he would get arrested for attacking the animal.
Mustevoy took to his Instagram to offer an apology for the video and distance himself from the actual deed.
'I wanted to make a public apology for the video I had posted of the Monk Seal when I was visiting Hawaii. It's hard for me to find the right words given I was completely in the wrong,' he said.
The man quickly darts