A Very Important Manatee Just Got Inducted Into The Guinness Book Of World Records

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Snooty is turning 67 years old. Were he human, Snooty would be eligible for full retirement. As a manatee, the monthly stipend wouldn’t help him much.

Luckily, Snooty’s in for something even greater: making it into

Snooty — formerly known as “Baby Snoots” — was born on July 21, 1948.

His mother was pregnant with him when she was captured and brought to the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, aboard a capsized Danish warship in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

The story goes that the owners of Snooty’s mother were only allowed to keep one manatee under their permit. So Snooty was moved around a bit, and in 1949 came to live at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida — where his big, gentle, extremely-whiskered self has been a celebrated species ambassador ever since.

Snooty was but a boy, being fed by a boy, in 1976. Photo: State Archives of Florida

According to National Geographic, the average lifespan of manatees in the wild is about 40 years. Other groups, like the Save the Manatee Club, put that figure a decade lower.

So how did Snooty reach his impressively advanced age?

Martha Wells, development director at the South Florida Museum, said by email that his twice-yearly comprehensive veterinary checkups have probably helped. Not being around the boats or environmental hazards that kill so many of his wild compatriots is another factor.

Snooty’s also on a strict diet: Every day, he is fed some 70 pounds of romaine lettuce, plus another 10 pounds of kale, broccoli, carrots and other vegetables. He has a sweet tooth, but only gets the occasional strawberry or pineapple, to keep him at a svelte and healthy 1,020 pounds.

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