(courtesy Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea announced on Wednesday that it will be naming its newest eight-armed arrival after BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

“There are times when we just skip the contest and go straight to honouring someone with an octopus namesake,” the Shaw Centre posted on their Facebook page.

The 5 pound male Giant Pacific octopus arrived on June 18.

The Shaw Centre says that “the team knew recognizing the incredible grace, kindness, intelligence, compassion, dedication, and calm demeanour Dr. Bonnie Henry has shown the province during COVID-19 was a given.”

They also say the octopi have three hearts, which have been used as a frequent symbol to recognize healthcare and frontline workers.

The aquarium’s previous Giant Pacific octopus, Pebbles, was released shortly after they closed in mid-March due to COVID-19.

The Shaw Centre re-opened on June 8 and is expanding its hours to open five days a week, Friday to Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.