Kristen Hinman, center, gathers a group of swimsuit models to help launch a 20-foot blue fiberglass whale into the water to commemorate the start of summer at Newport Dunes Back Bay in Newport Beach on Friday.

( KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / May 23, 2014 )

Kristen Hinman, center, gathers a group of swimsuit models to help launch a 20-foot blue fiberglass whale into the water to commemorate the start of summer at Newport Dunes Back Bay in Newport Beach on Friday.

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