Happy Birthday, Snooty! The World’s Oldest Known Manatee Turns 66Just yesterday (July 21), Snooty the lovable old manatee turned the ripe old age of 66. As the oldest manatee in captivity, and potentially the oldest one ever, he makes a strong case for manatee conservation. Few manatees in the wild live past 30, and most don’t make it past 10 – due to both natural and man-made dangers.Despite their sweet dispositions and harmless dispositions, and despite the love that visitors to the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium have for Snooty, manatees are nonetheless endangered. In fact, they suffer mutilations from boats on a regular basis because of insufficient protections safeguarding them from razor-sharp propellers.
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