The Return of Whalemina

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.


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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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