Manatees Split On Super Bowl Picks

SARASOTA (CBS4) – A pair of prognosticating sea cows on the west coast have split when it comes to who they think will win the Super Bowl.

On Friday, researchers at the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota dropped signs with the logos of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Ban Packers into a tank which a pair of manatees, Hugh and Buffet, call home. Both have been trained to touch signs with their snouts.

Twenty-six-year-old Hugh picked the Steelers and 23-year-old Buffett picked the Packers. It should be noted that manatees generally have terrible eyesight.

The manatees were born in captivity and have never lived in the wild. The marine lab studies their behavior through training exercises to understand how to protect the marine mammals in the wild.

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  1. Phil Landers says:

    They aren’t any Paul the Octopus. That guy was a genius!

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