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The Shedd Aquarium Wants Your Help Naming This Giant Pacific Octopus

Guests can vote on names like Anderson and Knapp for the new octopus from June 28 to July 4.

A Giant Pacific Octopus.
Shedd Aquarium

DOWNTOWN — The Shedd Aquarium is bringing a new creature to its Oceans exhibit — and it wants your help giving the largest octopus species in the world a warm welcome.

From June 28 to July 4, those attending Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience at the Shedd, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., can vote to name the subject of the exhibit, a giant Pacific octopus.

There will be five names for guests to consider putting their support behind, all of which were initially chosen by Shedd Aquarium animal care staff. They honor scientists, doctors and professionals important to the aquarium’s history. 

The names that will be voted on over the next week include: 

  • Anderson, for Dr. Roland Anderson, one of the leading cephalopod researchers to work in the public aquariums field
  • Attenborough, for David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and historian who’s voiced a number of nature films and documentaries
  • Dofleini, for the scientific name for the giant Pacific octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini
  • Knapp, for Dr. Chuck Knapp, the vice president of conservation research at Shedd Aquarium, who has worked there for 30 years
  • Sawyer, for Ernie Sawyer, Shedd Aquarium’s senior aquarist who retired in 2020 and worked in the Oceans exhibit for many years 

The name with the most votes at the end of week wins. Guests must purchase add-on tickets to vote. Learn more and get tickets here.

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