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Last year I noticed that the Ballard sea serpent sculpture was missing from the Shilshole Bay Marina jetty. The kind folks at My Ballard inquired and found out it was just removed for maintenance. It's back, and if you look closely you'll see it is following a skeleton holding a sword, a sea gull perched on its skull. Tales of sea serpent sightings in Puget Sound and Lake Washington reportedly go back to native tales from the 1700s. In the early days of Ballard as a seafaring community stories of a serpent spawned a fun carved log sculpture version of the beast's lengthy body being held on the beach (better photo of it here thanks to Anon) and shows the good humor of Ballardites from earliest days.