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

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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)

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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.

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