The, as yet, unnamed octopus that will be named as part of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea’s 10 year anniversary activities. (Courtesy of Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Help Shaw Centre celebrate 10 years by naming star octopus

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea to hold year of celebration as they hit a decade

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (SCSS) is ten years old this summer – help them celebrate by naming their new octopus.

On World Ocean Day, June 2, the centre plans to launch a year of events in celebration of their 10th birthday, which falls in June.

ALSO READ: Hundreds of floating ‘Sponge Bobs’ help track ocean current

“We’re mobilizing our plans to bring community members and alumni to map out and honour the anniversary in June,” said Pauline Finn, executive director of the SCSS.

At this time exact plans are still being developed, but Finn says she will seek community involvement, so attractive events and activities can be offered.

Before that dialogue happens, the centre offers a competition to name their new octopus. The theme is “local native plants” and the challenge is to think of a name, which tallies with the theme.

ALSO READ: Coast Guard tests new anti-oil slick equipment in Patricia Bay

The 10 pound cephalopod is likely to double in size and was collected off Tofino by Living Elements divers. It is expected to change colour from red to mottled to white. The centre says it will be released back into the wild after six months.

Professional aquarists oversee the octopus’ welfare and development, with activities and toys provided to keep it stimulated. The aquarium is keen to do this as maintaining its skills is vital before it can be re-introduced into the wild.

The octopus is described as being playful and enjoys frolicking in the current.

ALSO READ: BC Ferries’ marine super talks dodging whales

Stuck for somewhere to take the kids over spring break? Finn says they’ve got you covered with daily programs of events scheduled for spring break, including a temporary exhibit called Rafting the Pacific. Finn says there are a number of hands-on learning opportunities kids will love, such as a touch tank where visitors can interact with inter-tidal marine invertebrates, such as sea slugs and sea cucumbers. Volunteers, known as Oceaneers, will be on hand to help out and answer questions.

For information visit salishseacentre.com.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Light up August with a lantern building workshop in Sidney

ArtSea workshops in preparation for Aug. 24 Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Colwood field lacrosse camp aims to get more kids involved

Victoria Field Youth Lacrosse hopes to inspire future athletes

Saanich council to develop policy around contingency fund

Saanich’s strategic initiatives fund has been the subject of controversy

Report estimates Saanich taxpayers face a preliminary tax increase of 4.73 per cent in 2020

Saanich staff also questions why council continues to ask for budget reduction scenarios

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Most Read