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Split decision on Super Bowl LVII

Manatees, Hugh and Buffett, made their Super Bowl predictions, but they disagree.

Buffett chooses the Philadelphia Eagles for the win.
Buffett chooses the Philadelphia Eagles for the win.
Photo by Lesley Dwyer
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Mote's manatees made their Super Bowl LVII picks on Tuesday morning, but it’s a split decision. Buffett swam his big snout straight to the Philadelphia Eagles sign, while Hugh pointed his flipper to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

“We’ve done this for 15 years, and Buffet has selected right 11 out of 15 years, so he’s 11-4. Hugh is only 6-9,” Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Vice President for Communications and Strategic Initiatives Kevin Cooper said. 

The now 16-year tradition is based on target training, which is necessary for the manatees basic care. Knowing a treat will follow, the over 1,000-pound mammals will happily agree to a blood draw or a Super Bowl pick. 



Lesley Dwyer

Lesley Dwyer is the community reporter for Longboat Key and a graduate of the University of South Florida. After earning a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical writing, she freelanced for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Lesley has lived in the Sarasota area for over 25 years.

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