NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — And the winner is....Squishy! The Aquarium of Niagara announced the winning choice out of three possible names for its new female Pacific red octopus.
The top vote getter garnered 44% of the more than 6,200 votes cast beating out Octavia (37%) and Bean (19%).
The arrival of Squishy has been much anticipated since the passing of the Aquarium's giant Pacific octopus, Babs, in November 2020. Her arrival had been delayed due to the pandemic and on-going closure of the United States-Canada border.
The Pacific red octopus is found in tidal pools along the American west coast from Alaska to the Baja Peninsula.