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Name That Octopus

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- The baby octopus is just the size of a grapefruit. It has a home at Smithsonian's National Zoo.  Now it needs a name.

Children may submit names for the new Giant Pacific sea creature housed inside the Invertebrate Exhibit.

To see more images of the new octopus,  visit the Zoo's Flickr page.

Zoo officials do not know the gender of the octopus at the moment. The baby sea animal comes after the zoo's nearly four-year-old octopus, Octavius, died Nov. 4.  

"Octavius was such a charming animal in part because she wasn't at all shy," said Tamie DeWitt, the Invertebrate Exhibit's biologist.

"During her long and healthy life, she inspired such delight in those of us at the Zoo and in visitors to the Invertebrate Exhibit and webcam. We are certain that the new octopus will do the same in its own unique way and are looking forward to finding it just the right name."

The zoo has partnered with KidsPost for the naming contest. Kids between 5 and 15 years old can e-mail suggestions for a name to the KidsPost (kidspost@washpost.com) until 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

The entrants must put the word "octopus" in the subject line and provide a compelling explanation-no longer than 300 words-for their choice.

Each name will be placed in a colorful puzzle object and the octopus will select its name based on the object it picks.

For more details, visit the KidsPost's website.