WCS's New York Aquarium Eel-Naming Contest Comes to a Close
And the Winner is…“Wattson”
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Sept. 12, 2011- The new electric eel at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium has a new name – Wattson – thanks to the hundreds of New Yorkers who submitted names online.
The online contest at newyorkaquarium.com generated more than 1,500 name submissions for the new eel. Among the names suggested by the public were Tra-volt-a and Sparky. But it was Wattson that was finally chosen as the winner by aquarium staff.
“We want to thank everyone who participated in our eel-naming contest. We received so many creative suggestions, it was a challenge to choose a winner,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium. “It was amazing to see how many New Yorkers wanted to help us decide what to call this electrifying creature.”
Aquarium visitors can see Wattson in the Explore the Shore exhibit.
Electric eels are native to streams and lakes of South America. They generate electricity which they use for navigation and survival. The species uses low-intensity electrical impulses to navigate murky waters. It generates pulses of more than 650 volts – five times the voltage of a standard wall socket – to disable its prey.
The Wildlife Conservation Society conducts research throughout South America, including in the Amazon basin where the electric eel lives. WCS works in all four oceans and in 20 countries to protect marine wildlife and ecosystems.
Last fall, WCS initiated A SEA CHANGE at the New York Aquarium which includes The New York Seascape, a conservation program designed to restore healthy populations of local marine species in the New York Bight from Montauk, New York, to Cape May, New Jersey.
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