Water Animal Statues

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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. 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
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.

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
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]

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. [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]

Port Aransas, CA
These Dolphins have been located in front of Bay Quest since at least 2007. The store was recovering from Hurricane Harvey when these photos were taken in 2018. [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 Dolphin Statues:
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. [map]

Jaws Beachworld
South Padre Island, TX
Third Coast Beach Company
Corpus Christi, TX
The Jaws Beachworld shark has been there since at least 2007. [map]

The Third Coast Beach Company shark has been there since at least 2007 when the store was known as Destination. [map]

BoJon's Surf & Gift
Port Aransas, TX
Destination Beach & Surf
Port Aransas, TX
The BoJon's Surf & Gift shark head has been here since at least 2006. [map]

The Destination Beach & Surf shark has been here since at least 2007. [map]

There are many other examples of these tourist shop sharks around the U.S. and elsewhere. Some examples include these in Biloxi, MS and Adelaide, AU.

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]

More Shark Statues:
Gulf Shores, AL
Clermont, FL
Homosassa, FL
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Key West, FL
Sarasota, FL
Charleston, IL
Center Moriches, NY
McClellanville, SC
Puerto Nuevo, MX

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. [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)

South Bend, WA
Spitting Clam
Long Beach, WA
Toms River, NJ
Pismo Clams
Pismo Beach, CA
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]

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]

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.

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 this website.

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