LOS ANGELES (CBS) — One of California’s most popular state license plates is now retired, but a similar one has taken its place.

The California Coastal Commission is showing off the new whale tail design, which features an actual whale instead of Laguna Beach artist Wyland’s design.

Officials changed the plate after Wyland requested that 20 percent of profits from his work fund his environmental foundation.

The new plate, which is now available for purchase, was designed by two different California artists.

For more information about the plate, visit Ecoplates.

Comments (6)
  1. Karen says:

    This does not look that much different from the other one. I HATED the other plate. I had ZERO clue it was a whale tail. At least this one looks more like a whale tail. Why couldn’t they use a picture of a whale?

  2. dan says:


  3. caroline says:

    I don’t like this one at all, and preferred Wyland’s version…much classier all around. Wyland was being fair in his request, he gives back to the community toward marine life and conservation education as wella s putting it back directly to conservation of marine life and mammals. California is so backward.

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