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Akron Zoo: Naming contest for octopus

4:27 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON --  The Akron Zoo is turning to the public for names for its Giant Pacific octopus that is living in the Journey to the Reef exhibit.

The contest starts on June 8 and ends at midnight on June 17. 

Photos: Akron Zoo's new Journey to the Reef

The person submitting the wining name will receive a prize pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Journey to the Reef exhibit.

People can vote at the Zoo on World Ocean's Day (June 8), Brew at the Zoo (June 13), Dad's Day (June 17) or online at

The Zoo will narrow down the entries to three and then  post them in the tank and let the octopus select her own name.

The octopus is already a fan favorite.  Its four feet long and weighs 20 pounds.

The Giant Pacific octopus is found in the Northern Pacific from southern California to the Pacific Northwest.  They live in rocky areas, caves and kelp forests from the shores to depths of more than 500 feet.  They eat shrimp, crabs, scallops, clams and shellfish.  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.  


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