Andre the Seal Statue
Andre was a harbor seal who spent his winters at the New England Aquarium in Boston and his summers in Rockport Harbor. Every spring for over 20 years the Seaquarium would release him and Andre would swim north to Rockport (150+ miles). It was always a high point for local residents when he reappeared. He was the honorary harbor master.
A granite statue of Andre was dedicated at harborside in 1978; Andre unveiled it himself. Andre died in 1986, either a victim of George Bush's "I'm as spry as any 20-year-old" speedboat, or of shame when Roadside America #1 revealed Rockport's nasty attitude toward young travel writers.
Andre will never have a successor, says the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, because "the Department of Environmental Protection will never allow it."
Andre was the subject of a lackluster 1994 feature film starring Tina Majorino (who later played Napoleon Dynamite's girlfriend) and a sea lion instead of a seal.