Akron Zoo says good-bye to Nani the octopus

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AKRON, OH – A bit of sad news from the Akron Zoo: Nani, the giant Pacific octopus, has died.

Nani, the giant Pacific octopus, passed away earlier this week.  (Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

Nani, the giant Pacific octopus, passed away earlier this week. (Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

Nani suffered a significant decline in health due to old age and passed away Monday.  She had been at the zoo for two years and was one of the most popular animals on exhibit there. When she came to the zoo in October of 2013, a naming contest was held. Over 1,000 people submitted names, and the final three choices were written on pumpkins. Nani touched the pumpkin with “Nani” written on it first, and thus named herself!

The zoo will not be octopus-less though. They have acquired a new giant Pacific octopus that is on display now in the Journey to the Reef exhibit. No word on a name for the new addition, but it will be fun to see how it’s chosen.

The Akron Zoo's new giant Pacific octopus. (Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

The Akron Zoo’s new giant Pacific octopus. (Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

A little info for you on the giant Pacific octopus: They are found in the northern Pacific Ocean from southern California, north along the coast of North America’s Pacific northwest and south to Japan. They live in rocky areas, caves and kelp forests and eat fish, shrimp, crabs, scallops, clams and other shellfish. They are considered mollusks and are related to clams, squid and snails.