Snooty Memorial Open House Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10
at the South Florida Museum
On July 23, the City of Bradenton lost its most famous resident when Snooty the manatee died at age 69. Guinness World Records had certified him as the oldest manatee in human care, but we know his fame really came from his unique personality and the love that people all over the world had for this barrel-chested and barrel-rolling manatee who had called Southwest Florida home since 1949.
From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, the South Florida Museum will host a special day of remembrance for Snooty. (Admission is free.)
“The Snooty Memorial Open House will pay tribute to Snooty’s legacy, while we celebrate his remarkable life and all that he has brought to the Museum and the world throughout his record-breaking 69 years,” said Brynne Anne Besio, Museum CEO.
This daylong celebration of Snooty’s life will include a visual tribute to Snooty that will be shown in the Museum’s Bishop Planetarium, opportunities for visitors to help create memorial projects honoring Snooty as well as visit the Parker Manatee Aquarium to learn more about Snooty’s true legacy: the Museum’s Manatee Rehabilitation Program.
The Aquarium is currently home to three rehabilitating manatees — Randall, Gale and Baca — who will be returned to the wild when they are once again in good health. The Museum expects Randall’s release to take place in the coming weeks.
Snooty fans near and far are invited to continue contributing to our online memorial by sharing memories of Snooty at www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org/Remembering-Snooty.
Photos from the online memorial will be among the images used in the Planetarium tribute.