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

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

The Bradenton Herald reports that on Sunday afternoon, the museum will be open for free as the staff and the community celebrates 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 ecame stuck and drowned.


Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com