General Donations

If you prefer you may mail your donation directly to us at:

South Florida Museum
P.O. Box 9265
Bradenton, FL 34206-9265

Or contact Community Engagement Director Martha Wells at:
941-746-4131, ext. 135

Manatee Feeding & 
Presentation Times:

 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, & 3:45 pm
 12:30 pm, 2:00pm, & 3:30 pm

Touch Tank 
Presentation Times:

1 pm & 3:00 pm
1 pm

*Schedules subject to normal operating hours

Special Thanks to:

for outfitting our dive program.

Snooty Cam

Watch Snooty Live
Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Divers Down! You can usually watch manatee care staff divers cleaning
the Aquarium 
from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM Tuesday through Saturday 
and from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM on Sunday and Monday. 

You can see the manatees feed at 11:00 A.M, 12:30 P.M, 2:30 P.M, and 3:45 P.M.

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Who is in the Aquarium?

Snooty currently has 1 manatee pal sharing his pool. He will stay at the South Florida Museum in the care of the Museum's Manatee Care Program until he is ready to be returned to the wild. 

Snooty - Snooty is the largest of the manatees currently in the Aquarium. He is 68 years old and has been in the care of the South Florida Museum since he was 11 months old. Snooty can be identified by his size, his large tail and two small indentations on his left side which are scars from having two skin infections treated several decades ago. 

Icecube - Icecube was brought to the Museum in July 2015. Icecube was rescued from Charlotte Harbour in January, 2015. He suffered from cold stress and had been undergoing rehabilitation at Lowry Park Zoo, which operates a critical care hospital for injured and sick manatees and orphaned calves. He was transferred to the South Florida Museum for continued care.  Cold stress is a condition similar to frostbite.  Manatees generally cannot remain healthy in water colder than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Extended exposure to cold may cause the development of skin lesions and pneumonia. To stay healthy, manatees typically migrate to warmer waters such as springs or power plants. 

What is attached to the Icecube's tail? Rehabilitation manatees that are classified as naïve (those manatees that do not have the full two years as calves with their mother) can receive satellite tagging at the time they are released. In preparation for that, we apply a “practice” tag so the manatee learns that the belt and tag do not prevent him from diving down for food or surfacing to breathe. Tagged manatees are monitored post-release so we have an understanding of where they go for food and warm water sources. These tags do not prevent manatees from normal swimming behavior and have safety features that allow the equipment to "break free" in the event of entanglement.