Akron Zoo holds contest to name new octopus

AKRON, Ohio - You can help name Akron Zoo's new female giant Pacific octopus.

A naming contest starts Thursday and runs until Friday 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, acquired after Cora died due to age-related illness.

Cora was also named through a contest which drew 2,200 name suggestions.

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