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Bradenton, FL 34205

Category: Aquarium

The South Florida Museum said a fond farewell to Tannebaum the manatee on Nov. 5 as he returned to the wild 11 months after an entanglement in dock line nearly severed his tail. Tannebaum, an adult male manatee that was rescued from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers in January, was returned to the wild as part of a joint effort of the Museum, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He was returned to the wild at Koreshan State Par [...]

The South Florida Museum has created a new exhibit in the Aquarium that shows the ecosystem connections that manatees and sea turtles share and highlights how the public can help sea turtles -- which are federally listed as threatened or endangered species -- grow from egg to adulthood. "Sea turtles and manatees share similar evolutionary histories -- both animals are descendants of terrestrial species," said Ashley Girt, Pathways Project and Content Development Manager. "But they also share sim [...]

Snooty's personality and charm gave face to the plight of wild, endangered manatees. He was also the spark that led the South Florida Museum to join the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership in 1998 and take an active role in rehabilitating sick or injured manatees so they could be returned to the wild. Snooty died in 2017, but his legacy will continue to live on at the South Florida Museum, which is redoubling its participation in the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) under the leadership o [...]