The Think Tank

A Chorus of Manatees

Posted on 8/12/2015 by Jessica Schubick

A group of manatees is typically called a herd. The names of Snooty's current Aquarium companions reflect a part of our culture not common to manatees, however - and so the South Florida Museum is proud to present our "chorus" of manatees. Joining Myakklemore are Icecube and Sarasolo. What do manatees have in common with rappers and a music festival? Rap is defined as a talk or chat; quick, sharp knocks; or words recited rapidly and rhythmically. While manatee conversation may not be considered rapid, the sounds are quick and sharp and sometimes rhythmic.

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Snooty: Guinness World Record Holding Manatee

Posted on 7/10/2015 by Jessica Schubick

We’re very proud that Snooty is now officially the Guinness World Record Holder for oldest documented manatee in the world. We’ve known for a long time that he is a very special Florida manatee, and that he sets the record every day!

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It Takes a Crew Part Two - Bottoms Up!

Posted on 6/8/2015 by Jessica Schubick

Water quality is another part of what needs to be constantly attended to. We look at water temperature, pH, coliform and, because we keep our Manatee Pool chlorinated, we control chlorine levels as well. (Remember, what goes into a manatee comes out!!)

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Caring for Rehabilitation Manatees

Posted on 4/15/2015 by Jessica Schubick

As a Stage 2 manatee rehabilitation facility, the South Florida Museum is the last stop for manatees before they’re returned to the wild. One of the major goals of our rehabilitation efforts is to make sure that the manatees that stay with us are healing from any injuries related to their stranding and to also make sure they are gaining the appropriate amount of weight for an animal of their size. So part of our obligation under the permits that allow us to rehabilitate manatees includes performing health check ups on each animal. During these checkups, we gather vital statistics like length and weight and we also try to gather some biological samples.

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Sex and the Single Man-atee

Posted on 2/14/2015 by Jessica Schubick

To say people are interested in Snooty would probably be an understatement — after all, he’s got Facebook fans from all over the world and he’s even the official Manatee County mascot. One of the most popular questions we get from our visitors is whether Snooty has any offspring. With Valentine’s Day here, we thought we’d use this month’s Think Tank to share a few interesting facts about manatee reproduction and tell you how Snooty is helping to ensure the survival of his species — even if he isn’t making new babies of his own.

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