That’s no Jesus fish…

I saw this emblem on the back of a car I was driving behind the other day. I admit I inched up perhaps dangerously close trying to see what exactly it was. It looked at first like a super fancy, swishy sort of Jesus fish, and then I realized: it was a shark!

What does a shark mean on the back of a car? I know of the Ichthys as a Christian symbol, and I’m familiar with the various sorts of evolution-fishes (with feet, with the word Darwin inside, maybe even about to exert some natural selection on a Jesus fish…). But a shark? I wasn’t sure. Could it be a symbol of a more aggressive brand of Christianity than the fish conveys? Or was it actually a sarcastic criticism of these often-violent fundamentalists?

Turns out that the website I found selling them,, isn’t quite sure, either.

If you’ve lost another emblem to the holy war, consider one of these sharks – just for the sturdy tape. Some people like these sharks because they illustrate the hostile nature of some popular American religions. Some members of those very religions like to display shark emblems as a symbol of their “muscular christianity.” Still others just like sharks…

Of course, they’re happy for anyone to purchase their products, whatever the reason. It looks like the only stance that they take is a general politically liberal, anything-but-fundie-Christian one. In addition to the Darwin fish, the Happy Human, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, they sell Om symbols, Pagan fish, and UU chalices. Actually, that’d probably be the best descriptor — it feels strongly Unitarian Universalist to me. (Who’d have thought “strongly Unitarian Universalist” was a phrase I’d ever use?)

Anyway, if you have a shark on your car or if you have friends who have them, let me know! I’m curious as to the most popular intended meaning.

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  1. Ubi Dubium

     /  December 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I got a chance to meet a representative from evolvefish at TAM. I love their website. (Their fish also include a fat one labeled “Buddha” and one that says “gefilte”!) My impression of it is that they sell anything that would make a right-wing fundie uncomfortable. And I’m all for that.

    Alas, I don’t have a shark emblem on my car. (I have the Pastafarian Jollyfish. Skeletal with an eyepatch.) But if I did add a shark, I’d tell people it meant that religion is dangerous. Or simply that “this is not a xian fish, not everybody agrees with you, now deal with it!”

  2. John Hammond

     /  February 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

    it izzz theh mark o the beast my good lad

  3. It’s just a joke. More of a beach thing. Friends of my parents have always had these sharks on their cars. They said its just a beach thing. I always thought the sharks eat fish,maybe it was a anti religion thing. Anyway you look at it, I love it!

  4. When it comes to Islam, the violent people are often painted as “radicals,” and yet these are the people who are truly being fundamental, when it comes to adhering to the instructions of the Hadith & the Qu’ran. Yet oddly enough, Christians who are fundamental are often portrayed as radicals. Do you see Christians running around chopping people’s heads off like Islam? No you don’t. You can choose to be an atheist, that is your right, but it is not your right to lie against the truth, and claim that fundamentalist Christians are violent when this is not the case.

  5. It means “My fish eats your fish” similar to “My Karma ran over your Dogma” or how I always used mine” “Go ahead and believe whatever makes you feel good about yourself, life and everything, because it make no difference about what’s going to happen to me.”

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