The Parker Manatee Aquarium
The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing. Manatee Care specialists provide presentations about manatee habitat, nutrition and physiology. Working closely with US Fish and Wildlife and critical care hospitals for manatees, the Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility. A second stage facility provides a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild after having received treatment from an acute care hospital. The Aquarium has housed 27 manatees as part of the rehabilitation program. The facility is the permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world, Snooty.
Seeing Manatees in the Wild
Tracy Colson waves the Club’s "Please Slow: Manatees Below" waterproof banner
as a manatee surfaces near her kayak on Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida.
(Photo by Steve Sapienza)
The South Florida Museum (especially our team at the Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium!) would like to recommend that boaters and kayakers use new banners being furnished by Save The Manatee Club. The banners represent a new, and highly visible way to remind the boating community to be watchful for endangered manatees and other widlife year around while on Florida's busy waterways. Boaters can be active participants in manatee protection by holding aloft the Club's public awareness banner whenever a manatee is sighted. If you do not already have a banner they are free to the boating public! Simply email education@savethe manatee.org or call toll free 1-800-432-5646 to request an attention-getting, waterproof banner. Click here for "Manatee Tips For Boaters" on the Save The Manatee Club's website.