Manatee in Okinawa aquarium turns 20

A manatee in an aquarium in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa turned 20 in October, adding another year as the oldest among manatees born and raised in captivity in Japan.

The West Indian manatee, Yuma, was born on October 13, 2001, in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

She was about 115 centimeters long from snout to tail and weighed about 28 kilograms at birth.

Blessed with good health, Yuma has grown to be more than 300 centimeters long and weighs about 700 kilograms.

She is said to be about 40 years old in human years.

Makabe Masae of the aquarium said that Yuma is very amiable, has insatiable appetite and is the largest manatee there.

She added that she hopes Yuma to have a baby in the future.