Snooty, the oldest manatee, celebrates 66th birthday

Snooty, the oldest manatee, celebrates 66th birthday

The South Florida Museum is home to Snooty, the most loveable and also the oldest manatee to be in human captivity. On Saturday, Snooty celebrated his 66th birthday along with hundreds of people who had gathered to join the celebrations.

Most of the people who came to celebrate along with Snooty were the ones who have been coming to visit the manatee for decades.

The crowd was from all age groups. It included Marie Walker who said that she has been coming to see Snooty for around 46 years now. She said earlier the tank where Snooty was kept was not that pretty as it is now.

She said she used to get her children along to visit Snooty and one of her daughters has became a marine biologist and Marie feels that Snooty was probably an influence in her decision.

Another visitor to celebrate Snooty's birthday was young Ashley DeJarette, who was very excited about seeing the iconic manatee. She came along clutched to a stuffed one as she waited for a chance to see Snooty.

Museum spokesperson Jessica Schulbick explained that Snooty was setting new bars for how old manatees can grow without natural and man-made threats like red tide algae blooms, cold snaps or boat collisions.

Experts say that manatees in the wild are expected to survive only about 20 years or so. Snooty may be one of the oldest manatees ever and so it can be called an "ambassador for all other manatees".

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