Help Name This Octopus

Jill Harness

This lovely Giant Pacific Octopus was just brought to the Smithsonian National Zoo after the previous octopus resident, Octavius, passed away. The Zoo's newest cephalopod needs a name, so they're asking kids 5-15 to help name the octopus.

If you know any youngsters who'd like to submit a name, ask them to email their suggestion, along with an explanation for their choice, to with the word "octopus" in the subject line before December 12. Once the entries are in, the animal's keepers will select four finalists, which will then be placed on a colorful puzzle object. The octopus will be left to choose its own name on December 17.

Might we suggest Mister Splashy Pants?