You can help SC State Museum shark get a name

October 8, 2013 

The 43-foot shark is the icon of the South Carolina State Museum, the one thing every kid remembers.

But it doesn’t have a name. When talking about it, kids have to call it “the shark” or “the giant shark” or, for those who pay attention to the signs, “the megalodon.”

To mark the museum’s 25th birthday, the shark is going to get a name.

The museum, with the help of students at S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind, has come up with five suggestions – Carolina, Finn, Meg, Shellie and Stormy.

You can vote for your favorite at If you don’t like any of those names, suggest names of your own on The State’s poll at

The 3-ton shark, a replica of the prehistoric species Carcharodon megalodon, was constructed of aluminum and Fiberglas by Columbia artist Stavros Chrysostomides.

It arrived at the museum on Feb. 10, 1988, on the bed of a National Guard truck.

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