Giant Sea Creatures Are Taking Over Galveston Island This Winter

Washed Ashore - a traveling art exhibit coming to Galveston Island this December - is aimed at educating the public about the hazards of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways.

Have you ever seen an 8-foot-tall octopus? How about a parrot fish with a 2-foot smile? Come down to Galveston this winter and meet Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a FREE, engaging family exhibit on display at 19 locations across Galveston Island from December 10, 2022, to March 12, 2023.

About Washed Ashore

Washed Ashore’s huge, awe-inspiring sculptures are constructed entirely of plastic collected from beaches and designed to demonstrate the scale of plastic pollution found in our oceans and waterways. The creatures are beautiful, whimsical and shocking all at once- and the best part, they are spending their holidays right here, on island time.

The Washed Ashore experience at Galveston is like an island-wide scavenger hunt. Not only can visitors search for the 20+ art pieces, but also find unique things hidden within every sculpture.

The Fleet of Sculptures Vacation in Galveston Include:
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A stunning octopus who is spending her winter in Downtown Galveston and enjoying the holiday festivities.

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A 13-foot humpback whale tail breaching at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island.

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Swimming in at Moody Gardens will be Greta the great white shark. Wait until you see her teeth!

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Perched near Pier 21 is Rosa, a majestic bald eagle with a 17-foot wingspan and an amazing story.

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Along the seawall and beach, you’ll find the Gumdrop Jellyfish and Edward the Leatherback Sea Turtle catching a view of the waves!

Meet these and so many more at great locations right across the island. COMING SOON: Explore the island and find as many Washed Ashore sculptures as you can for a chance to win some great prizes! Can you find them all?

Clean, Green, Pristine

Galveston Island’s partnership with Washed Ashore is part of the island's commitment to environmental sustainability and the island’s clean, green and pristine initiative. Galveston’s East Beach is one of just four beaches in the United States to be piloted for the coveted Blue Flag Beach status, demonstrating the island’s advocacy for high-quality environmental management and education. Washed Ashore sculptures are a creative, engaging way to start the conversation about caring for our beaches and protecting sea life by making small changes in the way we use and reuse plastic.

Washed Ashore at Galveston is made possible by the Galveston Park Board and Visit Galveston. Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate through art and spark change in consumer habits. Learn more about Washed Ashore’s important work at


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