Archive | December 2011

Meet Calliope

It has been decided by you – our previously unnamed Whale FM whale is now called Calliope. Congratulations to Twitter user @koksmotte who suggested the name and to everyone who voted. 2,452 vote were cast, and the name Cetus was a close second. In Greek mythology, Calliope was the epic muse of poetry and her name means ‘one with a beautiful voice’.

The final result was Amelia (6%), Cetus (42%), Calliope (44%), Hascosay (2%), Swimmy (2%) and Vox Maris(3%).

Vote For Your Favourite Whale Name

We had lots of great suggestions for our unnamed whale. So many that we can’t decide which one to use. So here’s your chance to vote for your favourite whale name!

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The names have come from Twitter, Facebook and the comments on he blog. We picked out our favourites below, alongside the reasons for the name. The first person to suggest the name is given in brackets – well done everyone!

  • Amelia, for Amelia Earhart (@irenadubrovna)
  • Caliope, the one with the beautiful voice in greek (@koksmotte)
  • Cetus, the whale constellation (Francis Vail)
  • Swimmy (@RadioVicki)
  • Hascosay, Norse for ‘spray from the sea’ (Claire Chroston)
  • Vox Maris, Latin for voice of the ocean (@achigerutshang)

You can vote for more than one and voting closes in a few days.

Name a Whale

As part of the 2011 Zooniverse advent calendar we’ve created a fun competition for Whale FM where you get to name a Whale! The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that there is one whale on the site with no name. This unnamed whale was tagged near Norway and has 200 calls in our database. We don’t know anything about it, so we’d like suggestions for names via twitter and the best name/reason will be honoured with a permanent position on Whale FM, as one of our featured cetaceans.

To suggest names, just tweet @WhaleFM (or use hashtag #whalefm) with a name suggestion and reason. The best tweeted suggestion wins and we’ll be deciding in a week’s time or so. The top five will also get an honourable mention on the blog. We’re looking for great names and also great reasons for that name too.

If this competition isn’t enough for you there is also one running over on Planet Hunters too!

[Image shown is Creative Commons image from flickr user rjdudley]