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Hugh Manatee at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., picks the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. His half-brother, Buffett, favors the Broncos. | Mote Marine Lab

It's Broncos vs Seahawks in the big game, but it all might come down to the manatees.

Hugh and Buffett, two manatees who live at the Aquarium at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., have offered their pics for Super Bowl XLVIII. However, like humans, they can't agree on which team will win.

Aquarium officials put up targets featuring each team's logo up against the walls and waited to see which would appeal to the giant marine mammals.

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Hugh picked the Seahawks while Buffett picked the Broncos, according to WTSP-TV.

The law of odds says Hugh and Buffett each have a 50/50 chance of being right, but Mote Marine lab researcher Kat Nicolaisen is putting more stock in Buffett's pro-Broncos prediction.

He has chosen the correct team for the past six years, while Hugh has been right four out of six Super Bowls, Bradenton.com reported.

“He's definitely on a roll,” Nicolaisen told HeraldTribune.com. “If he picks 10 years in a row, we'll have to sign him up with SportsCenter or a Vegas bookie or something.”

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You may not want to bet the house on a Super Bowl prediction made by a manatee.

Dumb As A Blog points out that manatees can’t really see all that well, so they were only choosing between “blurry object” and “other blurry object.”

Buffett's predicting ability is uncanny, but he has a ways to go before he matches the feat of the most famous animal sports oracle, Paul the Psychic Octopus.

Paul became famous during the 2010 World Cup when he correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany's games plus Spain's victory over the Netherlands in the final.

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