Local artist, Geoff Rawling resurrected a long-time treasure for Queens residents at the June 2018 Mermaid Day Parade.
This vibrantly decorated sea creature, named Whalemina, was a mosaic statute that sat at the entrance of Rockaway Beach for decades until it was washed away by turbulent waves in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.
In 2014, Rawling and a team of other artists and creatives decided to ban together and bring Whalemina back. The crew used a deserted boat that was discovered after Sandy hit to sculpt the body of the Whale. And after using tools, love, and a lot of paint, Whalemina was ready to be presented and returned back to her beachside home again.