Akron Zoo officials will hold a naming contest for the park’s newest acquisition: a giant Pacific octopus.
Like most of the zoo’s residents, the octopus arrived minus a moniker.
To remedy that oversight, people can nominate and vote for their favorite name online at www.akronzoo.org. The contest, which started Thursday, will conclude at 5 p.m. Sept. 13. Zoo personnel will narrow down the names to three and present them in the tank for the octopus to select her own name, much as her predecessor, Cora, had done.
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.
The new octopus has been on exhibit since mid-July. She was acquired after 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 three to five years.
The naming contest for Cora in 2008 drew 2,220 suggestions.