Sea monsters are more than a figment of the imagination for one US couple.
A man and woman in Massachusetts made an unusual request last week to the state: To change their middle names to "seamonster".
Melanie Ann Convery and Neal James Coughli officially changed their names to Melanie Seamonster Convery and Neal Seamonster Coughli last week.
The couple's initial appeal went viral after it was published in their local paper.
Massachusetts law requires name change requests to be published in a legal notice, stating "the change of name of a person shall be granted unless such change is inconsistent with public interests". If nobody publicly objects to the change, the request goes to a local court to be approved by a judge.
Judge Barbara Hyland of the Hampden Probate and Family Court approved the request, making the name change official, the court confirmed to Mashable.
According to Convery's Twitter account, the pair was surprised their request garnered so much attention.
I thought posting our legal name change in the Holyoke Sun might mean no one would read it. Turns out grandmas like reading legal notices.
— Melanie (@SeamonsterM) July 21, 2014
The reason for the name change remains a mystery, as the couple has declined all interview requests.
"Despite our crazy/flashy new middle names, my husband and I are pretty private," Convery wrote on Twitter.