To the Editor:
Snooty is an extra special Florida manatee who sets records every day for how long we know manatees can live. That fact has now been documented by the Guinness World Records. He has been named Guinness World Records’ “Oldest Manatee in Captivity.” Snooty lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, in the Parker Manatee Aquarium, which he shares with young orphaned or injured wild manatees that are being cared for by Museum staff as part of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation partnership.
As the “Oldest Manatee in Captivity,” it is widely believed that Snooty is the oldest Florida manatee in the world. He will turn an astounding 67-years-old on July 21, and his birthday will be celebrated during Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission to the outdoor Birthday Bash in the Spanish Plaza and on 10th Street will be free, while general admission to the Museum’s indoor galleries, aquarium and planetarium is discounted by more than half for the day. All attendees to the festival will have the opportunity to say hello to Snooty in the Spanish Plaza’s underwater view of the manatee pool and sing him “Happy Birthday” at noon.
Every year Snooty receives birthday cards from kids all around the country. While the official card contest is now closed, the museum still welcomes cards and birthday wishes from kids (and adults) far and wide.
The museum’s director of living collections, Marilyn Margold, who cares for Snooty and the rehab manatees and marine life at the Museum said, “Every year Snooty sets an even higher benchmark for how long manatees can live. Every day he’s with us we learn more about manatees, and he shows us that manatee lifespans could be extended. We want to invite kids from around the country – and all over the world – to celebrate Snooty’s life by wishing him a happy birthday.”
You can also help to make Snooty’s birthday extra special by sending him greetings online. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping make Snooty’s birthday great by urging their social media followers to share their love online.
Help celebrate the impact Snooty has made worldwide by sending him birthday wishes from every corner of the world! You can join in wishing Snooty a happy 67th birthday by printing the official Snooty birthday card and taking a photo with it. Then post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with the city where you’re from!
Go to southfloridamuseum.org for more information.
South Florida Museum