As of yesterday, more than 11,000 possible whale names have been submitted in a contest which has been whittled down to 30, ranging from Aiko, which means 'little love' in Japanese to our favorite, Mr. Splashy Pants.
The project is a collaboration between Greenpeace and scientists working on humpback whales in the South Pacific. The whales are being tracked via satellite as they migrate from breeding and calving areas in the tropical South Pacific to the feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean.
This project will produce important information on the movements and migratory destinations of humpback whales from small, unrecovered populations off Rarotonga (Cook Islands) and New Caledonia.
You can go to the Greenpeace website and vote for your favorite name from among the 30 and hit the submit button at the bottom of the page. You can only vote once but you can ask as many friends to vote as you like. The voting ends on the 30th of November 2007 at 17:00 Amsterdam time.
Posted by Irene onboard the Esperanza
We don't know who suggested the name in our whale naming competition, but the popularity of Mr Splashy Pants is skyrocketing! Independent Mr Splashy Pants fans have generated all this:
- Mr Splashy Pants t-shirts
- A Mr S.P Facebook group
- There is a Mr Splashy Pants bumper sticker
- The popular link site Reddit rebranded their logo.
Somewhere out there is a Mr Splashy Pants fan with muscle ache: this person found a way to vote more than one time, and decided to do so, peeking at about 150 clicks per minute (we have removed the clicks as we felt it was a bit unfair).
Due to the great interest in our whale naming competition we decided to hold it open for a bit longer, the last chance to have your say will be the 7th of December. I still cheer for Veikko, but it looks like Mr Splashy Pants will be hard to beat.