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August 19, 2013

A whale's tale

Troopers say sculpture used to sit at theme park


And when Puopolo grew older and saw the whale at Kartland, he thought it looked very familiar.

“I recall thinking it’s the same whale,” Puopolo said. “I had an immediate association when I saw it with the Adventure Land whale.”

Jack Goldman owned and ran Kartland for decades, and the whale sits in the former miniature golf course once known as Nat’s Fun Park that was on Kartland’s property. According to his son, Neil, Jack Goldman is pretty sure that his whale was built onsite.

The whale is hollow, formed by chicken wire embedded in the ground, then covered with a sprayed concrete product known as shotcrete or “gunite,” a substance also used to cover the sides of swimming pools.

Time and the weather haven’t been kind to the whale. Its once upturned tail has broken off the body and lays on the ground. The body of the whale may have rotted and be close to collapse.

But that isn’t stopping the chatter about the sculpture, its origins, and its future — or quelling the affection that many feel for it.

Anyone who may recall the whether the Kartland whale and the Adventure Land whale are one and the same is welcome to email Angeljean at

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