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Name a Whale Day 2020
(contest has been closed and names have been selected)

In recent years, Elding's researchers have kept a catalogue of every whale spotted on our tours both in Faxaflói bay and in Eyjafjörður fjord. The catalogue contains hundreds of cetaceans, including humpbacks, minkes and dolphins. The number of humpback whales we have identified since 2007 is now close to 500 individuals! In the last year we have added many new whales to our catalogue, some of which have already been named, but we want to involve our passengers and run a naming contest for 3 humpback whales that still need 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 (i.e. 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.

NOW IT IS UP TO YOU to give the whales names that you see fitting. Submit your suggestions by leaving a comment on our Facebook post - you have until 31.03.2020! After that, we will pick our favourites and send out prizes for the winning suggestions!

 

This is what your entry should look like:

WHALE NO 1: "YOUR NAME IDEA". 
WHALE NO 2: "YOUR NAME IDEA". 
WHALE NO 3: "YOUR NAME IDEA". 

Also, feel free to tell us what inspired the name!

Names have been selected. Thank you to all who participated!

Name a Whale Day 2019
(contest has been closed and names have been selected)

NAMES HAVE BEEN SELECTED!

Thank you to all who participated in our contest! These are the names our team selected:
 

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)