Photo Courtesy of South Florida Museum
July is one of the most special months for all of us Florida manatees! Why you might ask? Well – it’s because my good pal Snooty the manatee, who lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida will be celebrating his 67th birthday on July 21st! Now, how cool is that!
The South Florida Museum announced that the Guinness World Records has now recognized Snooty as the “World’s Oldest Manatee in Captivity.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that the oldest manatee living in the wild was 59 years old. There aren’t many records talking about manatees living past the age of 60.
Snooty was born on July 21, 1948 at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company. Then in 1949, he was brought over to Bradenton. Ever since, Snooty has been living at South Florida Museum’s Parker Aquarium. And to date he has enjoyed over 1 million visitors and fans! Snooty has been enjoying constant human interaction during all of his life and it’s also reported he even can identify the voices of his trainers!
The South Florida Museum tells me Snooty currently weighs in at 1000 pounds and his length is 9 feet, 8 inches. Snooty’s girth measures in at 88.5 inches. In an upcoming blog, I’ll definitely give Snooty the awesome birthday wishes he deserves.
If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee