Snooty named world's oldest manatee once again

68-year-old sea cow lives in Florida

(South Florida Museum)

BRADENTON, Fla. – Despite several death hoaxes over the years, Snooty has been named the world's oldest manatee in captivity once again, this time for the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition. 

Snooty has called the South Florida Museum in Bradenton his home since 1949, when he was just a calf.

Now at the ripe old age of 68, he's outlived most non-captive manatees several times over. Boat strikes and pollution in the wild mean most manatees don't reach 10 years old, but Snooty doesn't have those problems in his 60,000 gallon tank.

Officials at the South Florida Museum told Guinness that Snooty can be a bit snooty, at least to other manatees. 

"He's definitely more interested in people than other manatees. He doesn't really seem to form bonds with other manatees, but doesn't seem to mind them," communications manager Jessica Schubick told Guinness. "He really likes people." 

That could be because it's the staff at the museum who give Snooty his 70-80 pounds of lettuce, carrots and other vegetables daily. 

If you can't make the trip to Manatee County to congratulate Snooty on having his honor renewed, you can click here to watch him and his tankmates Icecube and Sarasolo on the museum's Snooty Cam. 

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