Oldest Living Manatee in Captivity Turns 65

Another record of the world for you! 

Say hello to the oldest living manatee in captivity. This last weekend just so happened to be his birthday, when he turned a ripe old age of 65.

Known as Snooty by the folks at South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton, this guy was born in Miami in 1948 and moved to Manatee County a year later, otherwise known as Bradenton, Florida.

This area got that nickname for being home to the southern mouth of the Manatee River, and is also a haven for many rescued manatees.

According to ABC Action News, over the past few decades, the museum has put on “Snooty’s Birthday Bash,” a big party to celebrate the aquatic mammal, and this year will be no exception.  Snooty’s actual birth date is July 21!

The Associated Press notes that Snooty is in good physical shape and enjoys 80-pounds of lettuce a day.

Manatees, also known as “sea cows,” are massive, aquatic sea creatures that, despite size, are graceful swimmers with strong tails that can typically allow them to glide at 5 miles an hour. This incredible creature can also swim up to 15 miles an hour in short bursts.

They can be seen alone, in pairs or even in a small group of half a dozen or fewer animals, with just their nose or nostrils peaking out above the water. And like all marine mammals, they never leave the water but take quick gulps of air at the ocean’s surface.

Until next time have a wonder filled week, Joe

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About Jconowitch

I have spent 35 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my highschool sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grandkids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend for all ages to enjoy. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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