Boaty McBoatface to begin first Antarctic mission since naming competition

An unmanned submersible christened Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.

Boaty, a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), is to investigate water flow and turbulence in the dark depths of the Orkney Passage, a 3.5 kilometre (2.17 miles) deep region of the Southern Ocean.

The minisub got its name after the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) inadvisedly asked members of the public to decide what to call a new polar research ship.

The people spoke – and by a huge majority voted for the name

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