Ollie, the mascot of the Sidney’s Shaw Centre for Salish Sea, has been making in the rounds in Sidney in recent days promoting the centre, which is currently accepting name submissions for its newest giant Pacific octopus. The centre is accepting creative submissions at until 10 a.m. July 25. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney aquarium getting creative for naming newest giant Pacific octopus

Multimedia submission deadline July 25, winner to be announced in August


Lloyd, the new female Giant Pacific octopus at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is named after the late Peter Lloyd, a founding member of the centre and chair of its board from 2006 to 2013. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New octopus honours founding member, board chair of Sidney aquarium

Lloyd, a female, pays tribute to Peter Lloyd, a founder of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea


Amira Strain, the new manager of the Alberni Aquarium, kneels beside the aquarium’s salmon tank. The aquarium is currently holding a contest to name the salmon. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island aquarium struggles to stay afloat

Shift in leadership occurred just before pandemic hit