DIVERS DOWN! Divers are usually in the tank with the manatees
from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM Tuesday through Saturday
and from 9:30 AM until 11:00AM on Sunday and Monday.
You can see the manatees feed at 11:00 A.M, 12:30 P.M, 2:15 P.M, and 3:45 P.M.
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Watch Snooty Live:
Monday-Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Who is in the Aquarium?
Snooty currently has 3 manatee pals sharing his pool. They will stay at the South Florida Museum in the care of the Museum's Manatee Care Program until they are ready to be returned to the wild.
Snooty - Snooty is the largest of the manatees currently in the Aquarium. He is 67 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.
Myakklemore - The next biggest manatee in the Aquarium currently is Myakklemore. A young male manatee, Myakklemore has been in the Museum's care since April 2014. He was rescued in the Myakka River in Sarasota, orphaned and suffering from cold stress. Upon his rescue on January 10, 2014, he was taken to Lowry Park Zoo for medical care. He weighed only 270 pounds when he arrived at the Museum in April, but Myakklemore has now grown to 730 pounds. Museum staff is working with partners in the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership (MRP) to prepare him for his release this winter. Please note: You may notice that Myakklemore has something attached to his tail. Because of his naivety and the lack of scars to identify him in the wild, he is a candidate for tagging and tracking upon release. He has now been fitted with his belt and practice tag so that he can get used to it before his release. The practice tag does not send out any signals (we know where he is!). It helps him acclimate to the feeling of wearing a belt around his peduncle (the area where his tail meets his body) and to learn that the belt will not prohibit him from diving for food or surfacing for air. The tags and belts are made to easily break away if they get stuck on any objects in the water so that the manatee will not become entangled or trapped due to their tag. Myakklemore is adjusting well to his belt and tag. When he is released, sometime in January, his practice tag will be removed and replaced with the actual tracker. Sea to Shore Alliance is the monitoring organization that will track and report to the MRP his travels. Stay tuned for his release!
Icecube - Icecube and Sarasolo were both brought to the Museum in July 2015. Icecube was rescued from Charlotte Harbour in January. Both manatees 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. They were 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.
Sarasolo - Sarasolo arrived with Icecube in July 2015. Sarasolo was rescued from Phillippi Creek in Sarasota on March 2 of this year. He and Icecube are more difficult to differentiate in the water, being similar sizes and showing no distinctive marks or scars.