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Updated: 03/24/2014 09:18:01AM

Sea turtles, dolphins heading for auction block

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PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

Downtown worker Dorothy Van Etten has seen thousands of people get their pictures taken with “Jac Tracy,” a dolphin.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

A dolphin’s eye shows the amount of artistic effort that went into the painting of the sea turtles and dolphins.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

People turning right off of U.S. 41 Business onto West Venice Avenue see this dolphin as they enter downtown.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

A sea turtle in formal attire stands outside Venice Wine & Coffee on Nokomis Avenue.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

Venice Art Center Director Mary Morris stands with a sea turtle at the art center.

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Petra Stein, Sven Stein and 1-year-old Dominik Duhme pose for a family picture with a sea turtle. The family lives in Germany and Reston, Va.

PHOTO BY LARRY EVANS

Artist Michele Ladig created this scene on a sea turtle titled “Turtle Business.”

By LARRY EVANS

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Statues of sea turtles and dolphins have captivated visitors to downtown Venice over the past 18 months.

The Venice Art Center will put 44 of the 45 statues on the auction block April 5, leaving a hole in the collective heart of downtown.

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