September 8, 2020

South Padre Island, TX, September 8, 2020 –A fanciful half-mermaid, half-dachshund and it’s diving buddy make their shell debut as part of South Padre’s  Sea Turtle Art Trail.  This is the sixth hatching on the Trail which has stretched across the Island for several months and in locations as varied as a restaurant, waterpark, and municipal buildings. “Dog Mermaid” debuts in front of the South Padre Island Community Center at 4501 Padre Blvd, next to City Hall. 

Dog Mermaid Sea Turtle

Painted by Chelsea Fedigan, the “Dog Mermaid” is a reflection of her whimsical style developed over the years. Fedigan spent her formative years in South Texas and the big island of Hawaii. “Since I have been lucky enough to live near the beach most of my life, my artwork reflects the vibrant and tropical colors of my environment,” said Fedigan. “My inspiration for my sea turtle was my love for dogs and the ocean. I brought my vision to life using paint as my medium.” The base of the turtle is covered with coral and other sea life.

Fedigan works in several mediums, but her true passion is painting. She graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with an associate’s degree in Computer Animation, an experience that infused her painting style with a comic flair. She continued her education at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Fedigan captured the process of her sea turtle on her Instagram channel.

“As dog lovers, we enjoy seeing this turtle combine our love of Island life with an imaginative take on our canine companions,” said Ed Caum South Padre Island’s CVB Director. “We predict that this will be a popular stop on the Art Trail.” All turtles on the Trail are arranged for ease of both social distancing and selfies. Information about previous turtles can be found on the Island’s newsroom.

For more information about the Sea Turtle Art Trail and more activities on South Padre Island, please visit

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