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During the 1953 flood disaster Stavenisse was one of the worst affected villages, 153 people drowned. This monument, representing a sea monster, is a reminder of the disaster.

The stone sculpture was made by the Amsterdam sculptor Gerrit Bolhuis. In the work he captured dualism in the posture from the Zeelanders to the sea. The sea had brought prosperity, but could also turn into a monster. The enormous, expressively shaped fish, which seems to be gasping for breath, changes when you look at it from a certain point into a predator with wings (dorsal fins), claws (pelvic fins) and a bird's head (fish's tail).

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