BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) – Snooty the manatee, one of the most beloved animals in Tampa Bay area, has set a new record of longevity. He is officially in the Guinness World Records now.
According to the South Florida Museum where Snooty lives, he is setting a record every day showing how long the manatees can live in captivity. This week, the Guinness World Records officials gave him the title of “The Oldest Manatee in Captivity.”
Snooty lives with orphaned and injured manatees at the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Snooty’s life is a great source of information and research.
“Snooty is a one-of-a-kind animal,” Brynne Anne Besio, CEO of the museum, said. “Not only does he make history every day as the oldest-known manatee in the world, but he also provides valuable insight into the health and life cycle of all manatees.”
The museum officials say Snooty may be the oldest Florida manatee in the world because according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the oldest wild Florida manatee was 59 years old when it died. The only way to tell the animals’ age is a necropsy; FWC monitors the manatee population and routinely performs the necropsies to determine the age. Typical manatee deaths are documented before 15 years old.
Right now there is no record of any manatee older than Snooty.
Snooty will turn 67 on July 21. His birthday will be celebrated during Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 18.
“Snooty holds a special place in the hearts of people from around the world,” Besio said. “We hear from locals who grew up celebrating Snooty’s birthday each year and are so pleased that they can now share the Birthday Bash with their own children. We also receive birthday cards and greetings from people around the world, from San Diego to Scotland to South America. This day is celebrated far and wide and it’s an honor for South Florida Museum to share it with the world.”