Andre the Seal.

Andre the Seal Statue

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Rockport, Maine

Died 1986

Pet Cemetery.

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.

Andre the Seal.

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.

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Andre the Seal Statue

Rockport Marine Park

Harbor View Drive, Rockport, ME
From US Hwy 1, at the stoplight south of Rockport, turn east onto West St (toward the water). Drive a quarter-mile, then at the T turn left onto Pascal Ave. The entrance to Rockport Marine Park will be a quarter-mile on the right; a sharp, downhill turn.
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