Memorial held for Snooty, beloved 69-year-old manatee

Hurricane Irma postponed record-setting manatee's memorial


BRADENTON, Fla. - The South Florida Museum held a memorial for Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity who died recently during an aquarium accident.

The memorial was held Sunday at the museum in Bradenton. The event was originally scheduled for September 10 but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

The museum was open for free Sunday afternoon as the staff and the community celebrated the 69-year-old Snooty, who was beloved in the Gulf coast city.

Snooty, who was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest manatee in captivity, died July 23, after a hatch came off the entry to a narrow passageway out of Snooty's tank. Snooty became stuck and drowned.

The museum posted a tribute video to Snooty on its Facebook page Sunday night

"If you weren't able to join us at our Snooty Memorial Open House today, you may enjoy viewing the Snooty Tribute video produced by METV - Manatee Educational Television," the post said. "Excerpts from this video were included in the Planetarium Tribute program during today's Memorial celebration. Thank you METV for creating this Tribute in Snooty's honor."

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