Andre the Seal


Andre the seal, born an orphan in Rockport, ME in 1962, was adopted by the Goodridge family.  The seal grew to be the town mascot, performing tricks for tourists at feeding time, although when not entertaining, he worked his mischief on local fisherman. 

Andre was a snowbird wintering in the New England Aquarium in Boston.  He was released each spring for the 150-mile swim back to Rockport. 

In 1975 Harry Goodridge co-authored the book, A Seal Called Andre. In 1994 was adapted into the feature film, Andre. 

 In 1978, Andre himself unveiled a full-size granite statue in a spot mini-park, on the Rockport waterfront.

Andre’s death was reported in The New York Times on July 21, 1986.

Andre joined Facebook on May 20, 2010 and has 719 likes as of the morning of March 23, 2012.


My buddies in the San Francisco Bay area will be put in mind of the bronze statue of the swayback horse, Blackie, which grazes forever in Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon, CA.  Like Andre, Blackie was a favorite among area children.

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Writer (of stories, journals, email dialogues), Reader (of books written by friends, recommended by friends, and works-in-progress of friends), Hiker (never met a trailhead I didn't like), Biker (more scenery for the buck than hiking) and lately, Blogger (about my Year on the Road at
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2 Responses to Andre the Seal

  1. David L says:

    It’s comforting to realize the commonness in life and the occasional kinship that evolves between animal and man. I want to attribute affection, loyalty, and understanding to Andre and his like. Those seem to explain his actions.

    Nice story, Al.

    • allevenson says:

      Thanks, Dave. I was reminded of a similar story in the San Francisco Bay Area, and updated the Andre story with some notes about a horse named Blackie in Tiburon in the North Bay. He was a fixture for local kids for 28 years. He is buried on Tiburon Blvd, the site marked by a full-sized bronze statue.

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