You really can’t trust an octopus. They just don’t look like honest creatures. They have too many arms and they’re too squishy. So squishy, in fact, that they can sneak out of a six-inch drain pipe. Such is the case of an octopus named Inky. Inky the octopus escaped from New Zealand’s national aquarium. The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located in Napier; Inky had been a resident for two years after being found caught in a crayfish pot.
Maintenance workers left a small crack at the top of his enclosure, and that’s all the gap Inky needed. He slithered through the opening, used his suction cup arms to move himself along the floor, and slithered his way out of a six-inch drain that leads back to the ocean. Inky, who is about the size of a football, would have no problem cramming himself into those tiny spaces, because octopus are very malleable critters known for their strength and smarts. Must be pretty smart to break out of an aquarium.
“Octopuses are famous escape artists,” said Rob Yarrell, manager of the National Aquarium of New Zealand. “But Inky really tested the waters here. 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.”
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