With a name like that, whose heart can resist the urge to help this incontinent creature?
If you’ve missed out on the internet flurry around Mister Splashy Pants, here’s a quick low-down:
- Our international office started a competition to name one of the humpbacks that was tagged and being tracked to the Southern ocean where hunting for Minke and Humpback whales will begin this month
- There were 11,000 name submissions and our international colleagues whittled it down to about 20 – most of which were worthy, clichéd or just plain naff – except Mr Splashy Pants
- Some guy in Arizona apparently felt the same, figured out how to trick the international voting system and submitted thousands of votes for Mr Splashy Pants
- Our international colleagues removed the “malicious” votes but not before Boing Boing saw it and blogged it
- I came in to work the next day and saw that Reddit had changed their logo to include a whale named Mr Splashy Pants and the maelstrom began
- Over 130,000 people voted, 78 per cent of them for Mr Splashy Pants and he was declared the winner on Friday.
Now Treehugger has implied that Mr Splashy Pants isn’t a proper name for a whale, but Mr Splashy Pants has already done more for our campaign then anything else yet this whaling season. Far and wide, online and off line, people are talking about Mr Splashy Pants.
In the words of one person’s comment on Treehugger: “Everytime I see the name Mr Splashy Pants, I smile. Let's give the whale the name so the rest of the world can smile with us, and garner attention that whales so desperately need.”
But now that he’s been named, it’s time to help save him. With just a few clicks you can help save Mister Splashy Pants and his friends: sign our petition calling upon the Japanese Fisheries Agency to promise not to kill Mister Splashy Pants.