Ohio zoo's new octopus chooses her name: Cora

By the Associated Press | June 25, 2012 | 1:19 PM EDT

Cora, the octopus, picks its own name by choosing a specific treat-stuffed ball in the new Journey to the Reef exhibit on Monday, June 25, 2012, at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio. The zoo's previously unnamed octopus chose the name Cora when she picked the first of the three balls, each containing shrimp, one of her favorite treats. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Michael Chritton)  MANDATORY CREDIT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A giant Pacific octopus that's the star attraction at an Ohio zoo's new reef exhibit has chosen her name by pulling shrimp from a labeled ball.

A list of 2,200 suggestions submitted to the Akron Zoo in a public naming contest was narrowed to three options Monday for the 20-pound, 4-foot-long octopus, and she chose Cora. It's a shortened version of coral, which is a popular octopus habitat and the theme of the exhibit.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/LvJ404 ) reports the octopus made her decision by selecting the ball labeled Cora, pulling out shrimp, and then holding up the winning name with a tentacle as photographers captured the moment.

The most-submitted name suggestion had been Octavia. The other option, Scarlet, referred to the creature's reddish skin.