AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will hold a naming contest for its new female giant Pacific octopus. The contest will start Thursday, September 5, 2013 and conclude on Friday, September 13, at 5 p.m. The person submitting the winning name will receive an octopus prize pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s Journey to the Reef exhibit.
People can vote for a name online at www.akronzoo.org. The zoo will narrow the names down to three and then present them in the tank to the octopus and let her select her own name.
The new octopus has been on exhibit since mid-July. She was acquired after the zoo’s original octopus, Cora, passed away due to an age related illness. Cora, whose exact age was unknown, arrived at the zoo as an adult. Typically the life span of a giant Pacific octopus is about 3-5 years. A naming contest for Cora was conducted after her arrival in 2008 and drew 2,220 name suggestions.
Giant Pacific octopuses can be found in the Northern Pacific Ocean from southern California, north along the coast of North America's Pacific northwest and south to Japan. They live in rocky areas, caves and kelp forests, from the shores to depths of more than 500 feet. They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, scallops, clams and other shellfishes. They are considered mollusks and are related to clams, oysters, squid and snails.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. The Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.