You probably didn’t know this, but there’s a homeless whale wandering the streets of California. So if you’ve got any extra rooms to let, he’d really appreciate any and all offers of housing, both terrestrial and underwater, according to Atlas Obscura.
Homeless Whale statue still looking for home. @angelm_russell reports: https://t.co/MtTmHvm3pe #SLO #SanLuisObispo #MorroBay #HomelessWhale
The prospective roommate in question weighs a mere 8,000 pounds, is made of pure concrete and has two dazzling glass eyes and a whole row of sharp porcelain teeth. He also has a crab cooking pot on his head, according to KSBY News, because why not?
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The whale was created in 1975 by a local artist, Donald Hedrick. A new seafood restaurant was opening up called the Whale’s Tail, and they commissioned the piece to mark the entrance of their restaurant.
For 30 years, that’s where the whale lived, quite happy and sessile on the sidewalk.
It became one of the most known landmarks of Morro Bay, where the restaurant was located. But in 2011, the worst happened. The Whale’s Tail closed, and the owners, unsure what to do with an 8,000-pound decorative concrete whale, decided to destroy it.
Hedrick heard of their plans and jumped into action to save his life’s work. (He hasn’t officially called it that, but honestly, after you’ve crafted a whale that weighs 8 tons, how can you top that?)
Hedrick took the homeless whale under his wing, but also had difficulty finding him a permanent home. So he picked the next best option: Put it on wheels, and lug it around the city. And that’s exactly what he did.
The whale visited so many cities that he garnered the nickname the “Homeless Whale.”
#homelesswhale visit homelesswhale.org I didn’t know the story until I visited the site…a true artist’s struggle to please a client and find a home for his work. Handmade and custom quality work is something people are taking for granted..it makes me sad to see other artists and creators fighting “the man” because other people are fucking sheep. Creators,Do not sell yourselves short, do not be intimidated by hagglers and know your worth. If I had a home to accommodate this whale I’d do it in a heartbeat…I’d want it finished by the artist and I’d cook meals out of his head as intended. #saveallwhales #pismobeach
50 Likes, 1 Comments – Laura May (@sheisthebee) on Instagram: “#homelesswhale visit homelesswhale.org I didn’t know the story until I visited the site…a true…”
Hedrick said people began requesting the whale’s presence at different events, everywhere from farmers markets and aquariums to bioengineering conferences at local colleges.
The whale even has a website: homelesswhale.org. You can read the whole and storied history of the whale on the site, in Hedrick’s own words.
But now, Hedrick is getting serious about finding his whale a home. He’s created a list of must-haves in his new abode, including “location, location, location” (meaning he would live in a place where thousands of people could continue to visit him and take photos with him) and “mission” (meaning he would live near a place that promotes the education about and conservation of marine resources).
Hedrick is now literally taking proposals for anyone who thinks they may have a home for this whale. If you think you know of just the right place, contact the following address:
Donald E. Hedrick, P.O. Box 343, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406, (email preferred) [email protected], (805) 541-0303.