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How do we determine the scientific names of new humpback whales? Well, it's really quite simple, actually.

The 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). If this was the first unknown whale that was seen that day, it gets the number 00, creating the ID number: MN19020400 – (plus a given name).

Interesting, right?!


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