Aquarium octopus gets a name

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Facebook fans have given the aquarium’s new octopus a name: Cousteau, after the famous French oceanographer.

With nearly 200 votes cast in an online naming poll, Cousteau was picked by 86 of the voters.

Many commenters noted Jacques Cousteau’s ocean exploration as the primary reason for their choice.

Jacques Cousteau gained fame as an explorer, scientist, researcher and filmmaker who studied the sea and various forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung and pioneered marine conservation among other major accomplishments.

The other name nominees were Galileo, Newton, Curie and Beatrix. Aquarium staff chose the theme of famous scientists as a nod to the high intelligence of octopuses. The animals are believed to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates.

The octopuses at Great Lakes Aquarium are crowd favorites, although not long-lived. They typically live only a year to 18 months. Cousteau is the Aquarium’s third octopus.

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