|Unfortunately, this research veseel won't really|
be named Boaty McBoatface
More bright sides: Although the research vessel won't be named Boaty McBoatface, remotely controlled underwater vehicles will be given that name.
As ArsTechnica says, I hope they paint a dorky cartoon face on these underwater vessels. That'll scare the hell out of any submarine life up there in the Arctic.
Sir David Attenborough said he was honored the boat was named after him and certainly bears no ill will for partisans of Boaty McBoatface.
"I am truly honored by this naming decision and hope that everyone who suggested a name will feel just as inspired to follow the ship's progress as it explores our polar regions. I have been privileged to explore the world's deepest oceans alongside amazing teams of researchers, and with this new polar research ship they will be able to go further and discover more than ever before."
Maybe a U.S. research ship could be named Boaty McBoatface instead.
After all, the Boaty McBoatface crisis won very valuable publicity for the National Environmental Research Council.
It never hurts to be silly. Even if you're a scientist.