Companies in Harlingen and Belgium make the whale together


To make The Whale Fountain for Harlingen, Harlinger companies are working close together. They have the specialist know-how and above all the know exactly what forces of nature come to play in the harbour where The Whale will be situated right in the water among the ships. The engineering and the fabrication of the frame, the foundation and the spraying installation are in safe hands with Adonin, De Boer & De Groot and Visser SMP.


The Whale itself will be made by Zephyr Wildlife in Belgium. They specialize in making realistic replicas and reconstructions of people, animals and objects, often commissioned by natural history and prehistoric museums. A few examples of what they can do:

They even made a beached sperm whale before. The Whale for Harlingen will seem very much alive though!

Harlingen was once a town dedicated to the whaling industry. Today, we no longer strive to kill these huge, majestic animals, but to save their lives instead. Especially now that, with increasing frequency and for reasons that remain unclear, we are finding them stranded in shallow water. The Harlingen fountain depicts a highly life-like sperm whale. He lays by the South pier as if lost, although from time to time his powerful spout provides a clear sign of life. The Whale fountain illustrates the enormous effects of human activity on all living creatures in the sea.