Octopus Makes Ink-Credible Escape From Aquarium

by
Kate Brown
One octopus made a daring escape from an aquarium in New Zealand by squeezing through a tiny gap in his tank and making his way back to the ocean.

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An octopus has made a daring escape from an aquarium in New Zealand, squeezing through a crack in his tank and making his way back to the ocean.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand in the coastal city of Napier into Hawke's Bay was shocked when they found that the tank wasn’t “octopied” by their beloved Inky.

When they inspected his tank, they concluded that he must have made the “ink-credible” escape at night “by squeezing through a tiny gap at the top of its tank before sliding across the aquarium floor into the sea via 50m long drainpipe,” the Independent reports.

"He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went - didn't even leave us a message,” National Aquarium manager Rob Yarrell said. "Even quite a large octopus, they can squeeze down to the size of their mouth which is the only really hard part of their body."

How big is the size of his mouth? "It's a beak, very much like a parrot beak,” he said.

If you're finding this hard to believe, check out this video of another octopus escaping a ship through this tiny crack:

In addition to being highly intelligent, Yarrell said that octopi “are always exploring and they are great escape artists.”

Inky was donated to The National Aquarium of New Zealand by fishermen who caught him in a crayfish pot back in 2014. He reportedly shared his tank with one other octopus—Yarrell says the remaining octopus will “be under close watch.”

Looks like Inky can now say, “So long, suckers!”  

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