An octopus named Inky has allegedly managed to escape from its tank inside New Zealand’s National Aquarium and back into the ocean.
Staff at the aquarium can find no other explanation for the octopus’s disappearance, other than that it slid through a gap after its tank was left slightly open, and then across the floor and down a fifty metre pipe that led to the New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay. Manager Rob Yarall had the following to say about Inky:
Octopuses are famous escape artists.
But Inky really tested the waters here.
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.
I’m certain that’s what must have happened – the security here is too tight to take Inky, and why would anyone do that anyway?
I don’t think he was unhappy with us, or lonely, as octopus are solitary creatures. But he is such a curious boy.
He would want to know what’s happening on the outside. That’s just his personality.
When we came in the next morning and his tank was empty, I was really surprised.
The staff and I have been pretty sad. But then, this is Inky, and he’s always been a bit of a surprise octopus.
Well yeah, Inky sounds like a bit more than a surprise octopus, he sounds like an absolute killer. I mean how many times have you heard of an animal escaping from a zoo/aquarium and getting away with it? Even humans don’t manage to do that that often.
If you’re in any doubt about whether an octopus could actually do this then check out this one escaping from a locked jar. They’re smart.