Greetings! It’s that special time once again when my good manatee friend, “Snooty,” who lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida will be turning 68 years old on July 21st! Now how cool is that?
And get this: the South Florida Museum also stated that the Guinness World Records has now officially recognized Snooty as the “World’s Oldest Manatee in Captivity.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the oldest manatee living in the wild was 59 years old. However, a manatee living in the wild usually only lives to about age 30 due to serious natural threats of red tide and cold stress. And the unfortunate human threat of watercraft strikes.
Snooty was born on July 21, 1948 at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company. Then in 1949, Snooty was transported over to Bradenton, Florida. Snooty has been living at the South Florida Museum’s Parker Aquarium all these years. And to date he has enjoyed over 1 million visitors and fans!
Birthday: July 21, 1948 at the old Miami Aquarium
Length: 9 feet, 8 inches
Weight: 1197 pounds
Girth: 87.5 inches
Food: Herbivore. Snooty consumes 70 to 80 pounds each day: lettuce, carrots, kale, cabbage, collards, broccoli, apples and vitamin supplements.
Home: South Florida Museum in the Parker Aquarium, located in Bradenton, Florida.
Here is a link so you can watch and enjoy Snooty LIVE at the Parker Aquarium…
Join us on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm for this FREE outdoor event!
That’s right … join Snooty on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10 am until 2 pm at the South Florida Museum for Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival presented by Mosaic! This annual event will celebrate Snooty’s 68th birthday and it will also promote wildlife awareness. The event will be held in the Spanish Plaza, located in the north parking lot by the Manatee River in front of the Museum, which is on 10th Street West. It is FREE from 10 am to 2 pm for all Snooty’s friends and fans. (Reduced admission to the Museum, Planetarium & Aquarium all day.)
The celebration will feature children’s games and art activities; free cookies and drinks for the children, a display of Snooty’s birthday cards submitted for the card contest; plus much, much more!
Exhibitors this year will include: (more exhibitor info coming soon; subject to change without notice)
- Bright House Networks & Bay News 9
- Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park
- Lemur Conservation Foundation
- Manatee County Audubon Society
- Manatee County Library
- Manatee County Mosquito Control District
- Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources
- Manatee County Water Conservation Program
- Mosaic’s Fossil Dig
- Myakka River State Park
- Pittsburgh Pirates / Bradenton Marauders
- Save the Manatee Club
- Sea to Shore Alliance
- Whole Child Manatee
Plus Museum games & activities!
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