Name sought for the new octopus

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre wants you to help name their new octopus

  • Wed Feb 6th, 2013 5:00am
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Sidney’s aquarium of the Salish Sea is hoping the community will come up with a name for their new

SIDNEY — What do you name an octopus?

After releasing Steve the Giant Pacific Octopus on Jan. 27, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) found a replacement — a female cephalopod. She will take Steve’s place after he spent six months at the aquarium.

In a media release, the SODC announced a contest to name their latest addition by Valentine’s Day.

“What better name than that of your sweetheart/lovekins/ schmoopie?” said director of marketing Christina Smethurst. “If you’re looking for a fun and original Valentine’s Day gift, take a chance and enter our octopus naming contest!”

The aquarium is asking for 50 words or less on why your partner — or mom — deserves to have an octopus named after them. The individual who submits the most compelling explanation, wins. Submissions must be made to the ballot box at the aquarium (at the Take Action station).

People have until Tuesday, Feb. 12 to submit an entry. The winner will receive notification the following day and will be invited to the aquarium to meet the new octopus.

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— Submitted by SODC