The critter tradition is closely tied to the maritime culture of New England, hence the sea creatures and hunting animals like the dog and duck. For the poll, I thought about including horseshoes, golf stuff, but then would about emblems like crests? I decided to draw the line at actual critters. In my opinion, the greatest critter is the whale, and the greatest depiction of a whale is the hard-to-find whale with a water spout. I actually designed the whale myself for my whale tie.