The oldest living manatee in captivity turns 65

BRADENTON, Fla. - Snooty the Manatee, the oldest living manatee in captivity, is celebrating a birthday milestone Saturday.

July 20th is Snooty's 65th birthday, and each birthday continues to set the record for how long manatees are known to live.

The South Florida Museum is throwing an extra-special birthday bash Saturday that includes activities, food, entertainment and of course, a visit with Snooty. Admission to the outdoor activities in the museum's north parking lot and along 10th street are free. General admission to the museum, aquarium and planetarium is reduced Saturday to $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for anyone born in 1948 just like Snooty.

Kids are $6 ages 4-12 and children under 4 are free.

The party will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can find more information about the festivities here: SouthFloridaMuseum.org/Snooty65 .

Fun facts about Snooty the Manatee:

  • 7/21/1948 The Prinz Valdemar, a Danish warship that capsized in the Miami harbor in 1926, later became a floating restaurant and the Miami Aquarium Tackle Company and served as the birthplace for Snooty, currently the oldest living manatee in captivity.
  • 3/29/1949 Baby Snoots came to Bradenton for the Desoto Celebration.
  • 6/20/1949 Snooty makes Bradenton his permanent home, residing in a tank built inside the Chamber of Commerce Pier Building in an area specified for The South Florida Museum.
  • 1966 Snooty was moved to the newly constructed South Florida Museum and a new twelve foot by twenty foot tank.
  • 4/3/1979 Snooty is declared Manatee County's official mascot by the county commissioners.
  • 11/1982 Snooty was filmed for the popular children's television show, Captain Kangaroo, as part of a documentary on manatees.
  • 5/1985 A hydrophone was placed in Snooty's tank. It was the first time people recognized the high pitched squeaks as Snooty's vocalization.
  • 1987 Snooty undergoes training and aides researchers trying to determine how well manatees hear at different frequencies.
  • 11/1993 Snooty moves to his 60,000 gallon tank in the Parker Manatee Aquarium at The South Florida Museum
  • 2/1998 Parker Manatee Aquarium became part of the Florida network for rehabilitation manatees and Snooty was introduced to his first tank mate, Newton.
  • 7/19/2008 Snooty celebrated his 60th Birthday at his annual Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival. Snooty's life history has made him one of the most renowned stewards for endangered species and the environment.
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