Manatees Can Live
for Half a Century and More
Undisturbed, manatees can live for 50 to 60 years. The world's oldest captive manatee, Snooty, was born in Miami, FL, in 1948. He lived in the South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton,
FL, until his accidental death inm 2017.
Manatees may live for a long time but they reproduce at a slow rate. Females produce a calf only every 4 to 5 years. Their gestation period is about 13 months.
Then the mother must spend the first two years of a calf's life teaching it survival skills, such as migratory patterns and the locations of seagrass beds.