South Florida Museum

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

An outside review has determined that the drowning death of Snooty the Manatee could have been prevented.

South Florida Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio announced the findings Thursday in Bradenton after a review by animal welfare attorney James Gesualdi.

Manatee County Historical Records Library, Bradenton Herald Archives

Next month, the South Florida Museum will host an open house for the public to remember what was the world's oldest living manatee in captivity.

Snooty the manatee, who died in an accident last month, will be remembered on Sept. 10, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Parker Manatee Aquarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. 

Susan Giles Wantuck / WUSF Public Media

Snooty, the longest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday in Bradenton, a day after a huge party to celebrate his 69th birthday, according to the South Florida Museum.

Village of the Arts

Sarasota is known around the world for its arts scene. Can Bradenton and Manatee County become a destination for the arts? 

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry knew as a young boy that he wanted to scuba dive. The Massachusetts native was certified in Scuba diving at 15 and soon realized that he wanted to become an underwater photographer. Since then he has worked taking pictures for National Geographic and others. 

"Coffee: The World in Your Cup" Pours into Bradenton

May 29, 2014

Have you ever been interested on what goes into that morning cup coffee? You can find out tonight at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

William Bartram was a trailblazing explorer and naturalist. In the 18th century, he cut a path across Florida and seven other states.  His travels took him along the St. Johns River, Seminole villages and the Alachua Prairie, which we now call Paynes Prairie.  

Parker Manatee Aquarium

Some pretty famous dudes were born in 1948: Rockers Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne, actor Samuel L. Jackson, soon-to-be-grandpa Prince Charles...

But not even His Royal Majesty can claim to be the official mascot of Manatee County. That honor belongs to another gent who was born in 1948: Snooty the Manatee.