We took our daughter to her first major league baseball game this weekend. I will never forget her cheery face when she’d point at the bright orange and black cartoon Orioles on fan’s shirts and say, “buuurrd?” The Phillies lost so it wasn’t the best experience we could have hoped for at Camden Yards, but overall my little family had an enjoyable time (also, impressive despite the 90 degree weather).
Needless to say, the day got me thinking about marine-themed mascots for major league sports in the U.S. This is a list of 9 marine mascots that might inspire your little marine biologists to follow baseball, hockey, or football or conversely that could get your little sports fan into science. I suppose if you’re a teacher, these mascots are also useful teaching tools to introduce different biological units (Ok, I am not certain what lesson you’d ever need Raymond the Seadog to introduce).
- T.D. the Dolphin (Miami Dolphins – NFL)
- Blitz the Seahawk (Seattle Seahawks – NFL)
- Lou Seal (San Francisco Giants – MLB)
- Iceburgh the Penguin (Pittsburgh Penguins – NHL)
- Fin the Whale (Vancouver Canucks – NHL)
- Raymond the Seadog (Tampa Bay Rays – MLB)
- Billy the Marlin (Miami Marlins – MLB)
- S.J. Sharkie (San Jose Sharks – NHL)
- Al the Octopus (Detroit Redwings – NHL)
From what I uncovered, the national basketball association is void of ocean animals as mascots. Please feel free to comment if you can think of another or just let me know if you have a favorite. Lastly, does anyone know where the Phillie Phanatic is originally from?