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AKRON -- Northeast Ohio is getting a taste of the Pacific Ocean.

The Akron Zoo opened a new exhibit Saturday called"Journey to the Reef" that features a giant Pacific octopus as the main attraction.

It also features18 aquariums and more than 40 species of sea life. It includes a stingray "touch pool," live coral and interactive areas where visitors can learn about ocean life and conservation.

Journey to the Reefwill have several animals that are new to the Akron Zoo, such as eels, lionfish and clownfish.

Local artist Amy Mothersbaugh-Roos helped create the 10,000-square-foot mural that decorates the exhibit area and the illusion of being below the surface.

Mothersbaugh-Roos, 50, owns Studio 2091 Galleryin Cuyahoga Falls and isthe younger sister of Devo co-founders Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Mothersbaugh.