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.
Wikipedia article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackie_(horse)