Prospector Pete Packs up, Sharks Swim in as CSULB’s New Mascot

Cal State Long Beach mascot Prospector Pete fires up the crowd before a game at the Pyramid in 2011. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Cal State Long Beach mascot Prospector Pete fires up the crowd before a game at the Pyramid in 2011. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Move over, Prospector Pete, a famous ocean predator is taking over Cal State Long Beach.

After a months-long process to replace the former mascot, which was ousted in 2018 following years of outcry that he was offensive to indigenous people, students have selected a shark as the new face of the college, university officials announced.

After soliciting ideas for a new mascot, a university committee narrowed the options to six: Stingrays, Sharks, Pelicans, Giraffes, Kraken (a mythical sea monster) or Go Beach (essentially a vote for no mascot). Three finalists — Sharks, Stingrays and Go Beach — emerged as the final three options following a community-wide vote.

Ultimately, students selected their favorite during a three-day vote earlier this month. With 53% of the vote, sharks won by a wide margin over stingrays and the option of having no mascot at all, according to the university.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.