Manatees

Photo: South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum announced the death of 69-year-old manatee Snooty, dubbed "the world’s oldest-known manatee," was the result of an accident that caused the aged marine mammal to drown. The manatee had entertained visitors in Bradenton since 1949.

Snooty, the longest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday in Bradenton, a day after a huge party to celebrate his 69th birthday, according to the South Florida Museum.

Things are looking up for Florida's manatees.

The West Indian manatee has long been considered "endangered"-- a species on life support. But at the end of March, federal officials changed the manatees' status to “threatened,” which means their condition is less critical. In early 2017, officials counted more than 6,000 manatees in Florida’s waters.

Some Florida lawmakers want manatees back on the endangered species list.


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If Hollywood were to assemble a cast of Florida marine life for a film, the dolphin would be the high-energy hero, the sea turtle would be the brainy taskmaster of the operation, and the manatee would be the slow-moving but lovable character everyone looks forward to seeing. 

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