Born on July 21, 1948, at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, Snooty was the first recorded birth of a manatee in captivity. He's a national treasure. He was even recognized on the House floor of Congress. Since arriving in Bradenton in 1949, Snooty has taught researchers a lot of what they know about manatees and has been a species ambassador for generations. So, on his 65th birthday, let's celebrate Florida's most famous (and oldest) manatee.
Want to attend his party? It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W in Bradenton. Admission is free for the outdoor events, centered in the museum’s Spanish Plaza. Tickets to go inside and meet the manatee of honor face-to-snout are discounted for the day to $8 general admission, $7 if you’re Snooty’s age or older, and $6 for children ages 4-12. Anyone younger than 4 gets in free because Snooty loves ya.