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Octopus stages incredible aquarium escape

Posted on Friday, 15 April, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

Octopuses are particularly adept at squeezing through tight spaces. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Eistreter
An octopus in New Zealand called Inky managed to escape his tank and make his way back to the ocean.
The eight-legged escape artist, who had been kept at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, was found to have completely disappeared when his keeper arrived at work one morning.

It was eventually determined that the daring cephalopod had squeezed through a small gap at the top of his tank, squirmed his way across the floor to an open drain pipe, then wriggled more than 164ft down the drainage system before being deposited in the ocean at Hawke’s Bay.

Despite a thorough search of the pipes no trace of the octopus was ever found.
"He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean, and off he went," said aquarium manager Rob Yarrall. "Didn’t even leave us a message."

Octopuses are certainly no stranger to making their way through small spaces.

"Octopuses are fantastic escape artists," said aquarist Alix Harvey. "They are programmed to hunt prey at night and have a natural inclination to move around at night."

"They have a complex brain, have excellent eyesight, and research suggests they have an ability to learn and form mental maps."

Source: New York Times | Comments (11)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lilly on 13 April, 2016, 11:48
Where there's a will there's a way. Live long and prosper smart little cephalopod!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 13 April, 2016, 12:20
Next time we spot Inky let's hope he's still swimming free.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DeeSember on 13 April, 2016, 14:04
The Shawshank Redemption 2 Inky Was Here
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dark_Grey on 15 April, 2016, 18:43
Can we stop the glass cages? Live and let live bro. Except giraffes or other hoofed animals...they seem to love 3 square meals and walls keeping the predators out
Comment icon #6 Posted by bubblykiss on 16 April, 2016, 0:56
Perfect, I am in the mood for wildly caught freshly escaped-fugitive takoyaki.
Comment icon #7 Posted by jarjarbinks on 16 April, 2016, 1:08
Yeah... he escapes, there's no trace of it... probably stolen by the guy and sold on the black market for Japanese's gourmand
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum on 16 April, 2016, 4:47
or was eaten by some Chinese cleaning staff.... they like these things
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 18 April, 2016, 19:03
or was eaten by some Chinese cleaning staff.... they like these things I was wondering if Inky didn't stray too close to a restaurant featuring Calamari.
Comment icon #10 Posted by CJ1983 on 22 April, 2016, 18:19
ha, that's awesome.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk on 23 April, 2016, 9:47
Good for him. Octopuses should be in the sea - except when they're to be caught for food.

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