Help Us Name a Whale
In recent years, Elding has kept a whale catalogue of every new whale spotted on our tours both in Faxaflói bay and in Eyjafjörður. The catalogue contains hundreds of individual whales — minkes, humpbacks and dolphins.
The number of identified humpbacks is now roughly 400 since 2007. Recently we have added 5 new humpback whales from Faxaflói to our catalogue. Two of them have already been named, Viðey and Otto. We have decided to run a naming contest for the three humpbacks that are missing a name.
HERE IS HOW WE DO IT: Humpback whales are mainly identified by the pattern under their fluke. A certain pattern is formed when the white and black colour of the tail blends together and becomes a kind of "fingerprint" to that individual. The cuts and wounds on the fluke and body of the whale, as well as the shape of the fluke, are also used to identify the humpbacks. The pattern is often the inspiration for the name.
Every individual humpback first receives its scientific name. The scientific name consists of: MN, which is the Latin name for humpback whales (Megaptera Novaeangliae) and a number which represents the day, month and the year the whale was spotted (f.ex. 04.02.19) and then if this was the first unknown whale that was seen that day, it gets the number 00. So the name becomes: MN19020400 – (plus a given name).
NOW IT IS UP TO YOU to give it a name that you like. Submit your proposal, head on to our Facebook page and leave a comment with your idea. This is how your entry should look:
HUMPBACK WHALE NO 1: "YOUR IDEA FOR A NAME HERE".
Also, if you feel like it, tell us what inspired you to pick the name.
You have until 15.03.19. After that we will pick the winning names given to the whales and publish it on our website and our Facebook page.
NAMES HAVE BEEN SELECTED!
Thank you to all who participated in our 'NAME A WHALE CONTEST'! These are the names our team selected for our new humpback whales:
NO. 1 LAUMA - meaning pixie in Latvian (suggested by Nauris Zdanovskis)
NO. 2 WOODY - after a child that passed away at 3 weeks old (suggested by Lauren Healy)
NO. 3 SKUGGI - meaning shadow in Icelandic (suggested by Tiina Turpeinen)