When Disney announced plans to build an amusement park in the middle of an international ocean, the company announced that a “sea lion” would be its mascot.
A “sea turtle” would appear to be the next animal to join the cast, but a few weeks later the park’s press release revealed that the “turtle” was actually a sea lion.
The company said it was just a “toy” and that the character would be renamed “a lion” for future generations.
In fact, the animal’s name has since been changed to “a sea turtle,” and a new video game will allow players to adopt a sea turtle named “Lion” for their own amusement park.
The “tournament” of naming is still in its infancy, though.
“We’re just getting started, so we’re looking for input from the community, the press and everyone else,” Disney spokesperson Kate Meehan said in a statement.
“But the answer is yes, we would love to change our name.”
“Sea turtle” has a slightly more complicated backstory, though, and has actually been around since at least the 1930s, according to Smithsonian.com.
The animal was first recorded in the 1940s by a Russian scientist named Vasily Petrovich, who also documented how the sea turtle could “hide underwater” for up to 15 days without water or oxygen.
He called it a “lunar turtle.”
A sea turtle has the ability to live underwater for up the duration of the day, and it also has the largest eyes of any sea animal.
In 2010, a photo of a sea otter in its natural habitat, a lake in Alaska, was posted to the Internet.
In the caption, the artist wrote, “A few years ago, I spotted a giant sea otters, and I decided to name them ‘sea turtles.'”
That name stuck, and in 2012, Sea Turtle Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Japanese company Kawasaki, was founded to produce a live-action film based on the character, which was to be directed by Jiro Imai.
The film’s cast includes an actor named Tomoyo Sasaki, who previously played the sea ottery character.
It also includes an actress, Eriko Nakagawa, who was previously seen in the video game Dragon Quest Monsters, which uses the character.
A version of the film that also features a lion will debut later this year.
But the film hasn’t gotten a lot of positive feedback.
“I think that’s just the nature of the beast,” Sasaki told the Japan Times in March.
“There’s a lot that people are not really interested in seeing, and we’re going to continue to do the movie as long as people want to see it.”
And, as for the sea turtles themselves?
“I have no idea,” Sasakae said.