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A bunch of third graders got to name this shark

Meet Happy Fins.

Happy Fins was named by the kids at Happy Hollow Elementary School. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

A shark named Happy Fins can thank Facebook, a Connecticut company, and a group of Wayland third graders for his adorable name.

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Earlier this year, a group of students at Happy Hollow Elementary School sent a letter to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, stating they were raising money for the conservancy in hope of naming a shark for their third-grade service learning project. The Conservancy offers shark naming as a way to donate money to its shark research and education projects. The price of naming a shark is $1,000.

When the kids fell short of their fundraising goal, raising $69, they sent it to the Conservancy anyway. The Conservancy, touched, posted the letter on Facebook. That’s when a donor stepped in to fulfill the kids’ shark-naming dream.


Gilman Corporation in Connecticut, a manufacturer of foam products used by the U.S. Coast Guard and a Conservancy supporter, donated the remaining $931 so the kids could name the shark.

On June 27, the kids named a shark Happy Fins. They also wrote the following thank you letter to Gilman Corp.:



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