Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The soon to be 64-year-old Manatee is used to posing for photos after so many parties over the years.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
He's ready for his close-up. Snooty is set to turn 64 and like every other year he's about to get a huge party. No surprises here for the senior citizen sea cow. The South Florida Museum has been doing it up big for Snooty for more than a decade. Afterall he is considered to be the oldest living Manatee. He's one of four Manatees living permanently in captivity and he has a decade on the others, said Marilyn Margold, aquarium director. Currently Snooty is living with a couple of much younger Manatees — Epac and Charlie — as they go through rehabilitation before being released back into the wild this winter. Those living in the wild today rarely make it to their teenage years with the hazards of modern life: boaters, red tide and even the …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Snooty gets a new tankmate as 400-pound Charlie is relocated Tuesday to the Parker Manatee Aquarium.
Snooty has a new tankmate. Bradenton's mascot and most famous marine mammal, 62-year-old Snooty the manatee, will share his home at the Parker Manatee Aquarium with Charlie, a young manatee calf who was relocated to Bradenton on Tuesday. Charlie was taken in by the Miami Seaquarium last November after his mother was injured by a watercraft in Gasparilla Sound in Charlotte County. His mom — named Gasparilla — didn't make it. The orphaned Charlie is about a year and a half old, according to Marilyn Marigold, director of living collections at the South Florida Museum. Even though he weighs 400 pounds and it took about eight people to lift him into a harness Tuesday, Charlie will have to put on some weight before he can be released back into …
Friday, December 31, 2010
Smith leads Manatee with 21 points; Bundrage named to all-tournament team.
Trailing 44-37, Manatee High scored 15 unanswered points and claimed a 52-46 victory over Sarasota High in Thursday's fifth-place game of the Save-On Shootout in Sarasota. After Terrance Cummings nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Hurricanes within one, Manatee came up with a turnover. On the ensuing possession, all-tournament team selection Quenton Bundrage converted a three-point play with 1:15 left to give his team a lead it would never relinquish. Manatee sophomore Willie Smith was 8-for-9 from the foul line and finished with a team-high 21 points. Bundrage, who thrilled the crowd on the first two days with several slam dunks, scored 16 points to bring his tournament point total to 67. Sarasota junior forward and all-…
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Hurricanes drop to 0-10 with a loss in the Sarasota basketball tournament.
SARASOTA -- From the opening tip, Riverview High's boys basketball team showed Manatee just whose court it would be playing on Tuesday night in the fourth and final first-round game of the 2010 Save-On Shootout. The host Rams jumped out to a 23-0 lead before Quenton Bundrage broke Manatee's scoring drought with 24.2 seconds remaining in the first half. Although his team flirted with taking a 35-point lead and invoking the running clock mercy-rule in the second half, second-year Riverview head coach B.J. Ivey was more content to empty the bench in what turned out to be a 65-44 victory. "We came out and played well, especially defensively," Ivey said. "We were able to force a lot of turnovers and things like that, but I think a lot of it …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Host Seminoles post 47-10 over Dunedin in first round of the Willie Clemons Girls Holiday Basketball Classic; Manatee suffers 62-26 loss to Jupiter
When given the choice between being a congenial host and keeping his team sharp, Southeast High's John Harder took the former. Harder, who also doubles as the tournament director of the seventh annual Willie Clemons Girls Holiday Basketball Classic, figured his Seminoles would not get a competitive first-round game after Dunedin High arrived at the Benjamin "Buzz" Narbut Memorial Gymnasium on Monday with five players. So, he made sure that 10 of his players scratched the scoring column and did his best to keep the score down in an eventual 47-10 victory. "Credit goes to Dunedin because they had two girls with the flu, one who had to go to New York at the last minute, and one of their players is still out on the highway lost," Harder said…