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Sandy The Gray Whale

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Sandy is a life-sized gray whale outside the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History crafted by Larry Foster in 1974. The whale represents the happiness of winter migration. However, why the artist depicts the whale with closed eyes remains a mystery. Whale eyes are seldom closed because they are conscious breathers and unihemispheric sleepers, meaning they can divide their sleep in half and keep one side of their brain inactive while the other side remains active. In other words, whales can sleep with one eye open!

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