BEVERLY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Shoebert the Seal is waddling himself into Beverly legend. The seal that briefly made Shoe Pond his home, and then turned himself in to police is being memorialized at the Cummings Center office park where he made his fateful journey.
Cummings Center Chief Design Officer Jim Trudeau spoke to WBZ NewsRadio about some of the efforts to commemorate the seal. A "Seal X-ing" sign has been put up at the Cummings Center where Shoebert crossed the road.
"We take traffic safety very seriously, whether it's on foot or on flipper we want to be ready," Trudeau said.
It doesn't stop there. A mural is planned for the Cummings Center hallways, along with a "freedom trail"-like path of the seal's journey. The Cummings Center is also planning on putting up a statue of the now-famed seal.
"The plan is we would put it up next to the pond...we've got a couple locations roughed out that would be appropriate so that maybe someday you can look at where the real Shoebert used to be," he said.
Outside the Cummings Center, Beverly Police drew up a patch with the seal on it and said they were in the process of making shirts in Shoebert's honor.
The seal was eventually released off of Block Island, and tagged with a GPS tracker.
At last check, Trudeau said researchers at the Mystic Aquarium told him Shoebert was back in the North Shore area, swimming around Beverly.
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