Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content Snooty the manatee celebrates 66th birthday

Associated Press Updated: July 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The manatee that's believed to be the oldest in captivity in the world is marking another birthday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday to celebrate Snooty's 66th birthday.

Experts say manatees in the wild are expected to survive only about 20 years or so. Snooty may be one of the oldest manatees ever.

The museum's manatee care specialist calls Snooty is an "ambassador for all other manatees" who has helped researchers learn more about the marine mammals.

Museum spokeswoman Jessica Schubick says that every year that Snooty gets older, the manatee sets a new bar for how old manatees might get if they didn't have to contend in the wild with cold snaps, red tide algae blooms or collisions with boats.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your gazette.com account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

You've reached 4 FREE premium stories this month

Simply register to continue. It's free.

Register Learn more

Already registered? Click here to login.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
OCT
1
OCT
2
OCT
3
OCT
4
OCT
5
OCT
6
OCT
7
OCT
8
OCT
9
OCT
10
OCT
11
OCT
12
OCT
13
OCT
14
Advertisement