Sea Creatures

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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.

The Bisbee statue is now installed at Shady Dell. I don't know what happened to his back. The other Harbies that I have seen don't have this gap. I believe this statue and the ones in Portland shown below reflect the original paint color scheme. [map]

Harbie the Seals [gone]
Garden Grove, CA
Harbie the Seal [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Harbie the Seal
Portland, OR
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.

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

These Portland Harbies came from a backyard in Beverly Hills, CA. The previous owner had six of these statues and left these two behind when he moved. In 2011, they were moved to a backyard in Portland. The new owners plan to restore one of the statues. Photo thanks Vintage Roadside.

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

More Harbie Statues:
Mendenhall's Museum of Gas Pumps and Petroliana (Buellton, CA)

Salty the Seahorse
Mattapoisett, MA
Thomasville, NC
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 this website. [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. For more, see this website. [map]

More Giant Seahorses:
location unknown [International Fiberglass photo from Terry Nelson]

Blue Dolphin Diner
Apalachin, NY
Giant Dolphin
Marathon, FL
The Blue Dolphin Diner features this giant dolphin on its roof. [map]

The Giant Dolphin (with the Baby Dolphin) stands at the Dolphin Research Center. He/she is 30 feet tall. The dolphin that starred in the TV show "Flipper" is buried at the Center. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dolphin Fountain
Santa Barbara, CA
Giant Dolphins
Wildwood, NJ
The Dolphin Fountain was created by Bud Bottoms. The bronze statue was installed at the foot of Stearns Wharf in 1985. For more, see this website. [map]

These statues of Giant Dolphins in Wildwood are located at the Starlight Fleet which features dolphin and whale watching trips. [map]

Dolphins, Seal & Killer Whale
Pismo Beach, CA
These Dolphins, Seal & Killer Whale statues are located at the playground of Dinosaur Caves Park. The park opened in 2003. There is also a Dinosaur & Eggs statue here. [map]

More Giant Dolphins:
Tallahassee, FL

Galveston, TX
Great White Shark [gone]
Washington, DC
This concrete Shark-Man statue was created by Don Canaday. It has been here for many years and withstood Hurricane Ike in 2008. [map]

This Great White Shark statue was installed in 2010 front of the National Geographic Society museum. This display was to promote their "Expedition Great White" TV program. The statue is gone now.

Palace Beachwear and Gifts
Corpus Christi, TX
Bargain Beachwear
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Palace Beachwear and Gifts features a giant shark entrance. Most of these souvenir shops only have mouth entrances -- not the entire shark body. [map]

Bargain Beachwear features a giant shark mouth entrance. There are many other examples of these tourist shop sharks around the U.S. and elsewhere. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Lakeville, MN
This Shark is located at Hot Sam's Antiques. This photo is from 2012. It has a more realistic paint job in 2009. [map]

Shell [gone?]
Panama City Beach, FL
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. For more, see their website. [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. For more, see this website. [map]

More Giant Shells:
Oyster Shell (Taree, New South Wales; Australia)

Squirting Clam
Long Beach, WA
Toms River, NJ
Pismo Clams
Pismo Beach, CA
The Squirting Clam is about five feet tall and appears to be made of driftwood. It squirts water during the opening ceremonies of the annual Clam Festival. Another source says it squirts on the hour, every hour during the festival. 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]

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, 6, and 7. [Welcome map], [Visitors Center map]; [RV park map]

Whittier Narrows Regional Park
South El Monte, CA
These playground sculptures of sea creatures at Whittier Narrows Regional Park were created by Benjamin Dominguez in 1961. They were built of concrete and steel. For more, see this website.

Laguna de San Gabriel
San Gabriel, CA
Laguna de San Gabriel, aka "Dinosaur Park" and "Monster Park", was created in 1965 by Benjamin Dominguez when he was 70 years old. The concrete figures were saved from demolition in 2006 by the community. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Atlantis Play Center
Garden Grove, CA
The Atlantis Play Center features more statues from Benjamin Dominguez from the early 1960s. The park opened in 1963. The Neptune statue was created by Bob Jablonski and dedicated in 1968. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Sea Creatures:
Oyster (New South Wales, Australia)
Shark (Puerto Nuevo, Mexico)

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