Snooty's Birthday Bash is one of the biggest parties of the summer in
Snooty's official birthday is
The area outside of the museum will be home to all sorts of family friendly fun, including games, wildlife awareness exhibits and activities and food vendors. It's all free and open to the public.
Live music will be provided by the Garbage-Men, a nationally known band from
This will be the fourth straight year the Garbage-Men have performed at Snooty's Birthday Bash. They'll be joined this year by a group called the Cortez Main Hatch Motleys, a local group that sings sea chanties.
The main attraction, though is Snooty himself. He'll be visible from the plaza.
"It's the only time of the year he gets his two favorite things -- pineapple and strawberries," she said. "He has a sweet tooth, but he only gets those on his birthday now because we're trying to keep him healthy. He also gets a lot of attention, and he loves that. He loves people."
Last year, when Snooty turned 65, the museum made a little bigger deal out of it than usual. He was even featured in a story in the
Everything happens in the museum's plaza along
As far as anyone knows, there's never been another manatee anywhere near as old as Snooty, Schubick said. The next-oldest manatee was a little over 50.
These days, most manatees only live to be 8 to 10 years old because of environmental factors such as boat strikes and cold -- all of which Snooty has been protected from his whole life.
"That's one of the ideas we're trying to get across," Schubick said. "If we can take care of our manatees, they can live much, much longer."
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