Florida’s Oldest Manatee ‘Snooty’ Dies At 69, Longest Living Manatee In Captivity

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ABOVE VIDEO: Snooty, the longest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday, a day after a huge party to celebrate his 69th birthday, according to the South Florida Museum. (WSVN Video)

MIAMI, FLORIDA (WSVN) – Snooty, the longest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday, a day after a huge party to celebrate his 69th birthday, according to the South Florida Museum.

“Snooty was found in an underwater area only used to access plumbing for the exhibit life support system. Early indications are that an access panel door that is normally bolted shut had somehow been knocked loose and that Snooty was able to swim in,” the museum said in a press release. “Snooty’s habitat undergoes a daily visual inspection and there were no indications the previous day that there was anything amiss.”

The Bradenton museum says staffers are devastated and that the circumstances are being investigated. The other three manatees undergoing rehabilitation in Snooty’s habitat are all fine.

The Aquarium will remain closed while staff continues its investigation and to give other staff time to grieve.

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