South Florida Museum holds memorial for beloved manatee

By Angie Angers, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, September 24, 2017

A guest book placed beside a memorial for Snooty the Manatee is now filled with memories from those who loved him most.

  • Public memorial held for Snooty the Manatee
  • Bay area residents came to say goodbye
  • Snooty died in July, days after his 69th birthday

"Thank you Snooty, for all the memories," one note read.  

It was just one of many events planned at the South Florida Museum during a Memorial Open House on Sunday. The museum opened it's doors for free so all of the Bay area could come say goodbye to the beloved manatee.  

"Being able to come here and share it with other people kind of helped to really heal the hurt that's developed as a result of this," resident Christine Lisiecki said.  

Snooty died in July, just days after his 69th birthday. He drowned in his tank after getting stuck in a plumbing access area that's usually closed off.  

While some residents have hard feelings, others at Sunday's event were looking beyond the circumstances.  

"To pay our respects and to support the museum, because all of the people who work here have to be heartbroken," Ellenton resident Sara Stevenson said.  

Snooty was the face of the museum's rehabilitation and conservation programs, which is a legacy they hope to continue.  

Each guest was sent home with a colored stone with Snooty's photo, and the years 1948-2017, as a keepsake.  

The memorial event was originally planned for September 10, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.