J.J. the Orphaned Baby Gray Whale


The much loved dolphin sculptures had deteriorated beyond repair and the children’s playground needed a replacement…what could be more fun than a life-sized bronze sculpture of “J.J. the Orphaned Baby Gray Whale”® at one week old… accurate in every detail, according to the experts who saved and raised her.

D. Lynn Reeves, the Artist, worked closely with J.J.’s Veterinarian and Trainers, and didn’t stop making changes until they said he had her “just right!”… so much so that when they looked at her eyes, they felt like she was looking at them! BronzeArtwork, a local foundry, documented every step of the way and we posted J.J.’s progress on our website for all to follow…another educational opportunity. See photos >

“J.J. Day” was the 15th of May and J.J. was joined at the Birch Aquarium by Bev Hoskinson, the woman who found her in Marina Del Rey, and nine of J.J.’s SeaWorld Trainers and several hundred community members to give her a royal welcome. She was installed in the children’s playground in Kellogg Park the next day.

Check out the following J.J. Videos to learn more about her story:

Sea World Video: “JJ: The Orphan Gray Whale”

Sea World Video: “SeaWorld The JJ Story”

Marine Animal Rescue Video: “JJ Baby Whale Rescue – 1997”

Home Video of J.J. at SeaWorld: “J.J. The Gray Whale”

Home Video of J.J.’s Rescue: “J.J. the Gray Whale Calf Rescued, 1997”

Phil Konstantin’s Video of J.J’s Story – Part 1: “JJ the Gray Whale – Part 1 – June 28, 1997”

Phil Konstantin’s Video of J.J’s Story – Part 2: “JJ the Gray Whale – Part 2 – June 28, 1997”

Phil Konstantin’s  Video of J.J’s Story – Part 3: “JJ the Gray Whale – Part 3 – June 28, 1997”

Phil Konstantin’s  Video of J.J’s Story – Part 4: “JJ the Gray Whale – Part 4- June 28, 1997”

Phil Konstantin’s  Video of J.J’s Story – Part 5: “JJ the Gray Whale – Part 5- June 28, 1997”