Thanks, Obama: Prez Gets Fish Named for Him

In recognition for his huge expansion of Hawaiian marine reserve
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2016 12:05 PM CDT
President Obama speaks at Turtle Beach during a tour of Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The latest thanks sent President Obama's way isn't the least bit ironic or snide: After he dramatically expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument last week, scientists named a newly discovered fish for the commander in chief, reports National Geographic. The little guy dubbed Tosanoides Obama is maroon and gold, and found off the Kure Atoll. What's more, he's got markings that are " very reminiscent of Obama’s [campaign] logo," says the marine biologist who made the discovery. “How appropriate that a fish we were thinking about naming after him anyway, just to say thank you for expanding the national monument, happens to have a feature that ties it to the president." It's the second fish named for Obama, notes National Georgraphic. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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