A British government agency spurned the results of an online poll past year to name their new, $287 million polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.
Boaty McBoatface will embark on its maiden journey this week, traveling to frigid Antarctica to chart some of the ocean's deepest and coldest depths in an effort to understand how they affect climate change. Boaty McBoatface did not die, however.
A sub christened Boaty McBoatface after a public vote to name a polar research ship backfired is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.
The NERC, however, said it would have the final say, and that the most popular name would not necessarily be the one chosen. Well, that boat-which everyone still refers to as Boaty McBoatface even if it's not the boat's official moniker-was actually named after naturalist Sir David Attenborough (not as fun, though well deserved, of course).
Antarctic Bottom Water is cold and dense, and its movement contributes to ocean circulation worldwide, the BAS writes.
"The one that will initiate the "adventures of Boaty" will head out of Punta Arenas, Chile, on Friday aboard Britain's current polar ship, the RRS James Clark Ross".
"We know that a major driver of the abyssal ocean warming, at least in the Atlantic Ocean, is changes in winds over the Southern Ocean", noted lead scientist Alberto Naveira Garabato from the University of Southampton in a statement.
All jokes aside, NERC is insistent the public remember that Boaty McBoatface is engaged in serious and important business.
"Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond".
The National Oceanography Centre, which developed the fleet of marine robots, has also created a cartoon likeness of Boaty to help tell the story of ocean exploration to children.
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