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B.C. aquarium names their new Giant Pacific Octopus after Dr. Bonnie Henry

Meet the other Dr. Henry!
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Dr. Bonnie Henry provides a briefing on the COVID-19 response in B.C. on April 30, 2020. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr

By Sarita Patel

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea announced on their Facebook page that they've named their new Giant Pacific Octopus, Dr. (Bonnie) Henry. 

"If the giant in giant Pacific octopus wasn’t a clear enough measure of admiration, octopuses have THREE hearts, a symbol that has come to reflect gratitude for Dr. Henry, healthcare and frontline workers," stated the post from the venue in Sidney, on Vancoouver Island.

They usually host a contest to name new members of their aquarium but there was no doubt that they wanted to name this octopus after the Top Doctor.

"The team knew to recognize the incredible grace, kindness, intelligence, compassion, dedication, and calm demeanour Dr. Bonnie Henry has shown the province during COVID-19 was a given."

The five-pound male octopus arrived June 18 and is officially Dr. Henry, or Henry.

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea doesn't have an image of Dr. Henry - the octopus - to share yet, but they've put a humourous message on their social media, which includes in the caption: "Dr. Henry not shown. But he's little and he's cute so you'll just have to come and snap your own photo."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome Dr. (Bonnie) Henry the Giant Pacific Octopus! There are times when we just skip the contest and go straight to honouring someone with an octopus namesake. And one of those time is now -- to recognize BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. From the media release: Before a new octopus arm (arm, arm, arm, arm, arm, arm, arm) stepped “foot” in the Centre, the team knew recognizing the incredible grace, kindness, intelligence, compassion, dedication, and calm demeanor Dr. Bonnie Henry has shown the province during COVID-19 was a given. And if the giant in giant Pacific octopus wasn’t a clear enough measure of admiration, octopuses have THREE hearts, a symbol that has come to reflect gratitude for Dr. Henry, healthcare and frontline workers. The 5 lb male octopus arrived June 18 and is officially Dr. Henry, or Henry if you wish! Photo: Dr. Henry not shown. But he's little and he's cute so you'll just have to come and snap your own photo. #bonniehenry #bekindbecalmbesafe #gratitute #admiration #bc #bcgovernment #heartsforhealthcareworkers #octopus #cephalopod #salishsea

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