- 68:232 year(s):day(s)
- United States ()
Belonging to the Caribbean manatee species Trichechus manatus, the oldest manatee presently in captivity is an adult male named Snooty. He was born in captivity on 21 July 1948 at what was then Florida's Miami Aquarium, but has lived since 20 June 1949 at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, situated in Florida's aptly named Manatee County. As of 10 March 2017, Snooty was 68 years 232 days old.
The official mascot of Manatee County, Snooty measures 2.95 m (9 ft 8 in) long, weighs 558 kg (1,230 lb), has a maximum girth of 2.22 m (7 ft 3.5 in), and consumes 32–36 kg (70–80 lb) of food every day. This consists of lettuce, carrots, kale, cabbage, broccoli, sweet potato and apples.
There is a Snooty webcam in the South Florida Museum's website, enabling Snooty fans to watch him online between 8 am and 5 pm local Florida time.
Snooty was brought to the South Florida Museum as a calf in 1949.
He lives in a 60,000-US-gal (230,000-litre) pool with two other manatees.
Snooty’s longevity owes much to the fact that he lives in a controlled environment. In the wild, factors such as algal blooms, boat strikes and fishing debris see most manatees die before they reach the age of 10.