Now that is a mascot to be feared.
Yeah, I know that it is a blurry picture, but you get the idea. Many years later the movie Jaws proved this to be true.
Ever hear of the Miami Dolphins football team? Another fish for a mascot. However, Dolphins have a more gentle persona than a shark. After all, how many people are bitten each year by Dolphins as compared to shark bites.
Then I went to the University of Miami. But the University of Miami mascot is an Ibis. A wading bird with a long curving delicate bill for picking up crustaceans and snails in shallow water. Doesn't look like much of a tough mascot. I was disappointed. Why couldn't they have chosen a really tough animal like bulldogs or panthers or wolverines.
But leave it to the graphic artists to turn this sweet little bird into a rough and tumble mascot. Now the Ibis looks pretty tough.
"An important part of the college's history is encapsulated in the name of its football team and mascot. During a period of campus unrest in the early 70's, many in the student body felt the administration was funneling far too much money to the school's sports teams and not enough to educational needs. The student body was asked to vote on a new name and school colors for the football team; the vast majority of participants opted to call the team The Fighting Artichokes, and chose team colors of pink and white. The administration chose to ignore the election and continue with the 'Drover' mascot and the colors of red, white, and blue. The students were furious. Since the election was facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the results were binding and could not be overturned except through another election. A second election followed and the student body overwhelmingly kept 'Artie the Artichoke' as their representative. Some 30 years later, the colors were changed to green and gold. Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school mascot; originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by the students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character."