Name the Calvert Marine Museum’s new octopus

Common OctopusHere's a great cold day activity with the kids in Maryland. Check out the new River to Bay exhibit at the Calvert Marine Museum and enter a contest to name their new octopus.

The "Name our Octopus" contest runs through Jan. 30. Just drop your suggestion in the ballot box located in the Museum Store and you will be entered in a drawing to win an Octopus Prize Basket. The winner will be chosen by the octopus on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.

Children are invited to participate in the education programs featuring octopus fun and facts all month long. The Sea Squirts program for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old is free and is held next on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Starting on Thursday, Jan. 22, CMM members can enjoy free admission to the Little Minnows program for 3 – 5 year olds from 10–11 a.m.

Don't miss Octopus Day on Monday, Jan. 19, a school holiday, and enjoy all things "octopus" from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Hear octopus fact talks throughout the day, see a feeding, watch her interact with toys, make an octopus craft, play games and hear octopus stories. Free with museum admission.

The River to Bay exhibit, which opened October 2014, tells the story of the diverse marine life found in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, demonstrating how we are all connected. It opens with a geo-animation showing the formation of the modern Chesapeake Bay – overlaid with human population growth since the time of the Paleo Indians. In the gallery you will meet a remarkable variety of wildlife found in various habitats.

The octopus is considered the smartest invertebrate in the world using intellect and incredible eyesight to perceive their world in great detail. These creatures can change both colors and textures of their own bodies to disappear into the background even when in plain view. Watch for the octopus to change colors in the blink of an eye, or develop dimpled ridges across its mantle to mimic the coral heads around it. Learn other amazing things about this 8-armed creature on your visit.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4 for children ages 5-12; children under 5 and museum members are free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the Calvert Marine Museum website or call 410-326-2042.

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