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Water Animal Statues

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Seal
Crescent City, CA
Harbor Seals
Carpinteria, CA
This Seal statue in Crescent City is one of a pair installed at the entrance to Ocean World. [map]

This Harbor Seals sculpture was installed near the beach in 2009. [map]

Harbie the Seal
Cuba, MO
Harbie the Seal
Bisbee, AZ
Harbie the Seal was the mascot of Harbor Gasoline, a chain of gas stations in Los Angeles and Orange County. There may have been other stations in Washington and Oregon but I don't know if there were ever any of these statues used there. These Harbie statues originally held lanterns in their right hands. They hold a sponge in their left hands. There was originally one of these statues on top of the corporate headquarters in San Gabriel, CA. That statue is now in a private collection.

The Cuba statue is located at Bob's Gasoline Alley, a private collection of signs and other collectibles. "Sacramento, CA" is painted on the front of the seal's rock but it's not known how or when or even if this statue was located in Sacramento. I don't believe there were ever any Harbor gas stations there. There's also a 76 logo on the statue's hat that would not have been there originally.

The Bisbee statue is now installed at Shady Dell. I don't know what happened to his back. The other Harbie statues that I have seen don't have this gap.

Harbie the Seals [gone]
Garden Grove, CA
Harbie the Seal [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
There were two Harbie the Seals in Garden Grove at the entrance to CC Camperland-RV Park. These photos are from 2008. By 2011, these statues were gone. They are most likely the same statues in Carson, CA (see below).

The Harbie the Seal in Los Angeles stood in front of Sonny Alexander's Flowers when these photos were taken in 2008. He was sold shortly after that to a collector.

Harbie the Seal
Portland, OR
Harbie the Seal
Hatch, NM
Harbie the Seal
Lancaster, CA
This Harbie the Seal statue in Portland came from a backyard in Beverly Hills, CA. The previous owner had six of these statues and left two statues behind when he moved. In 2011, the two statues were moved to this backyard in Portland. The owners plan to restore one of the statues. For more, see this website.

This Harbie the Seal statue in Hatch is displayed inside Sparky's restaurant. It is not known where in California it was located originally.

This Harbie the Seal in Lancaster is installed on the roof of Crazy Otto's Diner. [map]

Harbie the Seals
Carson, CA
Harbie the Seal
Ventura, CA
Harbie the Seal
Van Nuys, CA
These two Harbie the Seal statues in Carson turned up at Back in the Day Classics in 2015. These statues are most likely the ones from Garden Grove described above with a fresh coat of paint. The owners had five of these statues and sold three of them before the store bought this pair. They are currently for sale.

The Harbie the Seal statue in Ventura is part of a private collection. The lantern is not original.

Although the Harbie the Seal statue at Mendenhall's Museum of Gas Pumps and Petroliana in Buellton, CA is missing the original lantern, I believe it shows the original colors of these statues. It also has an intact logo on the statue's hat.

The Harbie the Seal statue in Van Nuys is on display inside the Valley Relics Museum.

More Seal Statues:
Marine Life: 1, 2 (Rapid City, SD) [vintage; gone]
Piloup (Riviere-du-Loup, QC)

Manatee Statues:
Bubbles (Homosassa, FL)
First State Bank of the Florida Keys (Key West, FL)

Joe the Sea Lion
Lincoln City, OR
Arctic Building
Seattle, WA
Joe the Sea Lion came ashore in 1936 and became Lincoln City's mascot. The locals gave him back rubs with brooms and baths with hoses. This statue was installed in 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The Arctic Building was built in 1916 for the Arctic Club. It features terra cotta walrus head sculptures around the building. [map]

Salty the Seahorse
Mattapoisett, MA
Seahorse [gone]
Thomasville, NC
Seahorse
La Jolla, CA
Salty the Seahorse was built around 1950. The Sea Horse Gift Shop it promoted is long gone. It is built of plywood and stands 38 feet tall. Several years after it was built, it was coated with fiberglass to protect it from the elements. At night, the seahorse's blue eye (it's only a one-sided figure) lights up. The Seahorse was restored in 2000. It wears a Santa hat during the Christmas season. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Seahorse in Thomasville was part of the sign for the Sea Horse Nail Spa. When this photo was taken in 2010, the business was gone but this sign was still there. By 2014, the statue was gone.

The Seahorse in La Jolla is installed on top of a mailbox in front of a residence. It was built in the early 1990s by the house's owner and a friend. The statue is made from rebar, chicken wire, plaster and concrete. It is repainted every other year. [map]

More Seahorse Statues:
Greenville, TX
location unknown [vintage; International Fiberglass photo from Terry Nelson]

Shell [gone?]
Panama City Beach, FL
Shell
Fort Myers, FL
Shells & Seahorses
Port Isabel, TX
The Shell in Panama City Beach stood next to a gift shop on Route 1 when this photo was taken in 2005. I couldn't find it in 2009 and I don't see it anywhere at Google Street View now. I suspect that it's gone.

The Shell in Fort Myers is located at the Shell Factory. [map]

These Shells and Seahorses in Port Isabel are located in front of the Harris Sea Castle gift shop. This business is or was owned by U.S. Shell which is also responsible for the larger store in Los Fresnos, TX with even larger shells and other giant sculptures. [map]

More Giant Shells:
Conch Shell (Islamorada, FL)
Conch Shell (Key Largo, FL)
Conch Shell (Key West, FL)
Conch Shell (Panama City Beach, FL)
Conch Shell (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Conch Shell (Sanibel, FL)
Oyster Shell (Taree, AU)

Oyster
South Bend, WA
Spitting Clam
Long Beach, WA
Clam
Toms River, NJ
This Oyster, supposedly the world's largest, is made of concrete. South Bend is known as the Oyster Capital of the World. [map]

The Spitting Clam is about five feet tall and appears to be made of driftwood. It squirts water on the hour. For more, see this website. [map]

The Clam in Toms River stands next to the Maritime Museum. It was one of 25 installed in Ocean County in 2011. [map]

Pismo Clams
Pismo Beach, CA
There are three concrete Clams in Pismo Beach. Two of them are painted and decorated for different holidays. These photos were taken in 2013 soon after the Fourth of July. The first Clam shown above is located at the entrance to town. The second one is at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. The third is located at the Visitors Center. Does anyone know when these were built? For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [Welcome Clam map], [Visitors Center map]; [RV park map]

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