"With 2020 being the 20th year of Geocaching, we feel it is time to let Signal finish on a high note, and we are looking to a new mascot for the game."
While many are shocked at this announcement, the fact that a new Signal Tribute GeoArt was just published this morning in the Seattle area seems like confirmation.
Signal has become iconic with this game so many are wondering who the new mascot will be, and also why the seemingly sudden decision to retire the beloved mascot.
With respect to the timing, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of geocaching in 2020, unofficial sources have also shared that "since the average lifespan of a frog is a max of 10 years, Signal has had a really full and long work life and is excited to move into retirement."
When queried about who the new mascot might be, we were told that everything is being kept tightly under wraps, but in conjunction with Signal's official retirement party on April 1, 2020, the new mascot will be announced.
Rumours have also spread that apparent problems with the official city bird of Seattle being the Great Blue Heron which is known to sustain itself on frogs, there was a long-standing optics issue that was planning to be addressed.
Speculation around the new mascot include:
- A squirrel named "Stasher" who hides away geocaches
- A seagull named "Sqwak" who is iconic of how geocachers demolish donuts at events
- A salmon named "Slips" who labours his way up creeks in continual mortal peril
Inquiries about this story should not be directed to anyone at Geocaching HQ, and can be sent to LANMonkey.
*Sources are unofficial because today is April 1st. I'll let you figure out the rest.