Thursday, September 11, 2008
Snooty the Cutie! (Museum photo)
Baby Coral and Sister feeding on Romaine lettuce.
Snooty being fed.
More lettuce. See the scar on the tail of the manatee on the right? That is from a boat propeller.
On Monday my boyfriend and I drove to Bradenton, FL to visit Snooty!
Snooty lives at the South Florida Museum. He was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company in 1948 and is the first manatee born in captivity. At 60, Snooty is the oldest manatee in captivity, and likely the oldest manatee in the world. Baby Snoots, as he was first called when he was born, eventually changed to Snooty when he was later brought to the Museum in 1949.
There were 2 other manatee with him while we were there. One was being rehabilitated after having been hit by a boat propeller. The other lost her mom. They will both be released back into the wild.
If you are in the area make sure to see where Snooty lives. He is so worth the trip. They also have a great gift shop so you can stock up on Snooty stuff.