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Whale Statues

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Blue Whale
Catoosa, OK
The Blue Whale was built by Hugh Davis from 1970-1972. The 80 foot long whale was made from wood, pipe, and concrete on Davis' pond. There is a diving platform built into the Whale's tail and a slide on both sides of the Whale's head. Davis also built picnic tables and a snack bar. He brought in sand to create a beach. The Blue Whale closed in 1988 and Davis died in 1990. The Whale has been restored a few times, most recently in 2010. It is open and free to the public for picnics and fishing but not for swimming.

Next to the Whale, there is a concrete restroom building resembling a thatched hut. There is also the remains of a ship-shaped building that Davis built before the Blue Whale. It was known as "Noah's Ark" and featured snakes and an alligator farm. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Willie the Whale
Canton, OH
Willie the Whale was built in the late 1950s for Mother Gooseland. He was located in a pool with seals. This statue is all that remains of the place which is now used as a park. The original entrance gate and a few of the buildings still stand. Several of the statues were moved to Sluggers & Putters in Canal Fulton, OH. Willie's mouth has been unsuccessfully bricked up to keep homeless people from sleeping inside him. These photos are from 2012. Since then, the park has been renovated and Willie has been restored again. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Tilly the Whale [gone]
Salisbury, MA
ca. 2002: 2004:
Tilly the Whale was built in the late 1950s. Tilly was built with wood, chicken wire, and stucco. Tillie was also known as Pinkie and Jesse by many people. She was installed next to Nat's Fun Spot, an amusement park. The park was later known as Adventure Golf and, after that, Salisbury Mini Golf & Kartland. By 2007, the place had been abandoned. In 2013, plans were made to develop the property for housing. Tilly was saved and moved to Haverhill, MA for restoration. She was to be moved Salisbury when she was done. However, in 2015, after collapsing in winter snow storms, the plans to restore her were abandoned. For more, see this website.

Whale Car
South St. Paul, MN
This Whale Car was built to promote the WAYL-FM radio station. It has been owned by South City Motors since 2011. The car originally had WAYL painted on its sides. For more, see this website. [map]

Sperm Whale
West Hartford, CT
This Sperm Whale, nicknamed Conny, was built at the Children's Museum in 1976. He is 60 feet long and 15 feet tall. You can climb inside and listen to tape recorded whale facts and sounds. The statue was refurbished in 1995. [map]

Whale
Wilson, NC
Whale [gone]
Crescent City, CA
The Whale in Wilson is located on the roof of Worrell's Seafood Restaurant. Worrell's has been here since 1929. These photos are from 2010. Between 2012 and 2016, the seahorses on the building were removed. [map]

The Whale in Crescent City was installed at the Crescent City Harbor when this photo was taken in 2008. The whale is made of carved redwood with a fiberglass coating. In 2014, the statue was removed during construction. It was still missing in 2016. I don't know if it's in storage or if it was destroyed.

La Baleine
Matane, QC
The La Baleine gift shop was built in 1963. These photos are from 2009. The statue has been repainted since then. For more, see this website. [map]

Seal and Whale
North Eastham, MA
Jonah's Whale [gone]
Rockaway Beach, NY
This Seal and Whale are located at Poit's Lighthouse Mini-Golf. This whale statue appears at a lot of old mini golf courses. Poit's opened in 1954. [map]

Jonah's Whale was built in 1960 for the Central Park Children's Zoo in Manhattan. When the old zoo closed in the 1990s, the whale was relocated to a traffic island in Queens. It was renamed "Whaleamina" and was the frequent target of vandals. These photos were taken in 2001. Around 2006, the whale was given a mosaic makeover. The statue was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Whale
Bar Harbor, ME
This Whale is located on the pier near the Bar Harbor Whale Museum. [map]

Killer Whale
Newport, OR
Killer Whale & Calf
Long Beach, WA
Gray Whale
Depoe Bay, OR
This Killer Whale statue in Newport is located at Aquarium Village. [map]

This statue of a Killer Whale & Calf in Long Beach appears to be made of fiberglass. [map]

This Gray Whale sculpture is located at a spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Whale watching is a popular activity in town. [map]

Gray Whale
Santa Cruz, CA
This Gray Whale statue is about 50 feet long. It is located next to the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History. It was designed by Larry Foster and fabricated by Al Hipkins. The statue was installed in 1982. Originally, the statue was hollow inside. After being climbed on and damaged, the statue as filled in with concrete around 2009. [map]

Gray Whale
Pacific Grove, CA
This concrete Gray Whale was installed in front of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in 1982. The 45 foot long sculpture was created by Larry Foster like the one above in Santa Cruz. This sculpture has been named "Sandy". For more, see this website. [map]

More Whale Statues:
Whales (Tallahassee, FL)
Humpback Whale (Kihei, HI)
Willy the Whale Car Wash: 1, 2 (Rochester & Tonawanda, NY) [gone]
car wash (Oklahoma City, OK) [gone]
Killer Whales (Sekiu, WA)
Port Washington, WI [gone]
Whale of a Wash: 1, 2 [location unknown; gone] [International Fiberglass photos thanks Terry Nelson]
Whale of a Wash [location unknown]
Nullarbor, AU

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