LONDON (AP)–Don’t expect to see Boaty McBoatface on the high seas.
The fanciful name may have represented the British public’s first choice for the country’s newest polar research vessel but officials have chosen instead to christen the ship Sir David Attenborough, in honor of the prominent naturalist and broadcaster.
But all is not lost for Boaty fans.
Science minister Jo Johnson says a submarine vessel that will support the crew and various research programs will be called Boaty McBoatface. He said the name had captured the public’s imagination when officials decided to ask Britons what the vessel should be named.
Check out some of the things people are saying online:
— Leah Lester (@leah_hourigan) May 6, 2016
Whats so wrong with #BoatyMcBoatface ?? You asked for a name and the internet spoke
— Sam Mitsy2k White (@Mitsy2k) May 6, 2016
— Internet Palace (@InternetPalace) May 6, 2016
I think it’s only fair that Sir David Attenborough change his name to Sir #BoatyMcBoatface
— Curt Milner (@CurtMilner) May 6, 2016
Whats the point of putting it down to public vote if you’re just going to ignore it #BoatyMcBoatface
— (500) Days of GIF’s (@lawrencegritt) May 6, 2016