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Sucker for a Cephalopod

Sucker for a Cephalopod

By Chi Lo
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Friday, March 26, 2010

If you remember Armstrong, the giant Pacific octopus at the Undersea Gardens in Victoria's inner harbour then you'll be happy to know that in January, the National Zoo in Washington, DC welcomed its newest Canadian expat, a 2 1/2 year-old version of our massive British Columbian friend. The new octopus was flown in from Vancouver, just before the Olympics began.

Yesterday, the zoo opened up voting to give the octopus a name. But, before you get too excited, the zoo has already chosen, and you can vote on one of four names: "Ceph," "Olympius," "Octavius," or "Vancouver."

Click here to vote.

Though the invertabrate weighs an un-giant-like three pounds now, it is expected to grow thirteen-fold in the next year, according to zookeepers. It may not be as cuddly as the panda the zoo lost earlier this year, and the octopus may have no spine, but it has three hearts, can kill sharks, and is intelligent enough maneuver through mazes, and help you open those pesky jar lids. (Times eight.) So much for sushi tonight.

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