As part of the South Florida Museum, the Parker Manatee Aquarium, is designed to house three adult manatees and holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing.
Manatee Care specialists provide presentations about manatee habitat, nutrition and physiology. Working closely with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and critical care hospitals for manatees, the Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility. A second stage facility provides a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild after having received treatment from an acute care hospital.
The Aquarium was once the permanent home to Manatee County’s most famous resident and who was the oldest known manatee in the world, Snooty.