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AKRON -- There's a new set of tentacles swimming around the Akron Zoo.

The addition of the new octopus inside the zoo's Journey to the Reef exhibit comes just a few days after Cora, the self-named octopus, died earlier this month.

In contrast to Cora, zoo officials say the new octopus is quite smaller. It weighs approximately eight pounds, while Cora weighed approximately 20 pounds.

WATCH | Akron Zoo octopus chooses "Cora" as her name(file video from May2012)

The sex and age of the new octopus is unknown.

Just as the Akron Zoo had done with Cora, a contest will begin in the next few weeks in which the public will help choose the name for the new octopus.

PHOTOS | Akron Zoo octopus picks its name

Cora swam into national headlines in May 2012 after selecting her own name by reaching a tentacle into a container and pulling a ball out with "CORA" written on it.

The cause of Cora's death appears to be age-related. The average lifespan of a giant octopus is about three years.

Giant Pacific octopuses can be found in the Northern Pacific Ocean from southern California, north along the coast of North America's Pacific northwest and south to Japan. They live in rocky areas, caves and kelp forests, from the shores to depths of more than 500 feet. They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, scallops, clams and other shellfishes. They are considered mollusks and are related to clams, squid and snails.

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