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Snooty's History

7/21/1948 The Prinz Valdemar, a Danish warship that capsized in the Miami harbor in 1926, later became a floating restaurant and the Miami Aquarium Tackle Company and served as the birthplace for Snooty, currently the oldest living manatee in captivity.



3/29/1949 Baby Snoots came to Bradenton for the Desoto Celebration.



6/20/1949 Snooty makes Bradenton his permanent home, residing in a tank built inside the Chamber of Commerce Pier Building in an area specified for The South Florida Museum.



1966 Snooty was moved to the newly constructed South Florida Museum and a new twelve foot by twenty foot tank.



4/3/1979 Snooty is declared Manatee County’s official mascot by the county commissioners.



11/1982 Snooty was filmed for the popular children’s television show, Captain Kangaroo, as part of a documentary on manatees.



5/1985 A hydrophone was placed in Snooty’s tank. It was the first time people recognized the high pitched squeaks as Snooty’s vocalization.



1987 Snooty undergoes training and aides researchers trying to determine how well manatees hear at different frequencies.



11/1993 Snooty moves to his 60,000 gallon tank in the Parker Manatee Aquarium at The South Florida Museum



2/1998 Parker Manatee Aquarium became part of the Florida network for rehabilitation manatees and Snooty was introduced to his first tank mate, Newton.



7/19/2008 Snooty celebrated his 60th Birthday at his annual Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival. Snooty’s life history has made him one of the most renowned stewards for endangered species and the environment.



7/21/2013 Snooty welcomed about 6,000 visitors to his 65th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival - the biggest crowd the Museum has ever seen!