This Ocean Garbage Collector Could Save Us All — And Its Name Is Boomy McBoomface

Source: The Ocean Cleanup

Twenty-one-year-old Boyan Slat's visionary solution for ocean pollution came to life on Thursday when a prototype of his product — a system that uses the sea's currents to collect debris — was put to the test for the first time.

The floating ocean cleaning device arrived in the North Sea on schedule and, according to a tweet from the Ocean Cleanup, the company Slat founded in 2013, everything went as planned, which looks something like this:

But while it might be easy to forget how young Slat is, he reminded everyone back in April with this small detail that's been flying under the radar. When devising a name for his potentially revolutionary prototype, Slat asked the internet for help — maybe you see where this is going.

Slat's 100-meter long prototype is named Boomy McBoomface. 

Slat likely took his cue from the Natural Environment Research Council, which a month earlier had asked the web to sound off on what researchers should dub their new polar research ship. The consensus? Boaty McBoatface.

James Hand, whose Twitter bio explains he is the reason we "can't have nice things," was the one to come up with the moniker. After Boaty McBoatface became the clear frontrunner, he tweeted, "I'm terribly sorry about all of this, @NERCscience."

Having chosen the name for his product himself though, Slat likely won't be issuing any apologies — especially if it lives up to the hype.

"This is a historic day on the path toward clean oceans," said Slat in a press release on Wednesday. "A successful outcome of this test should put us on track to deploy the first operational pilot system in late 2017." 

We're calling it now: McBoomface for president, 2020.

Read more:
This Plane Just Crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Solar Energy Alone 
How Wave Energy Could Power Homes, Thanks to This Wavestar Sustainable Energy Machine
Apple's New Headquarters Will Run on Solar Energy and Biogas Fuel Cells: Exclusive Photos

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Kremlin slams White House's warning of potential chemical attack in Syria

The U.S. and Russia continue to spar over Syria.

EU slaps Google with a record 2.42 billion euro fine

The tech giant has a hefty fine in its future.

Detroit judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals living in US

Many of the Iraqis are Chaldean Christians who reportedly voted for Trump.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Travel ban ruling, Health care opposition, Castile family settlement

All the important stories to get you caught up for Tuesday.

White House says it knows of potential Syrian chemical attack, warns Assad of "heavy price"

The Trump administration did not provide any evidence backing the threat.

In tweets, Serena Williams shuts down John McEnroe's sexist comments 

Williams said his statements were "not factually based."

Kremlin slams White House's warning of potential chemical attack in Syria

The U.S. and Russia continue to spar over Syria.

EU slaps Google with a record 2.42 billion euro fine

The tech giant has a hefty fine in its future.

Detroit judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals living in US

Many of the Iraqis are Chaldean Christians who reportedly voted for Trump.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Travel ban ruling, Health care opposition, Castile family settlement

All the important stories to get you caught up for Tuesday.

White House says it knows of potential Syrian chemical attack, warns Assad of "heavy price"

The Trump administration did not provide any evidence backing the threat.

In tweets, Serena Williams shuts down John McEnroe's sexist comments 

Williams said his statements were "not factually based."