Thursday, 14 April 2016

Inky the Octopus escapes aquarium in New Zealand

APRIL 13, 2016

by Susanna Pilny

It’s not every day that you hear about an octopus on the lamb, but apparently a cephalopod named Inky from the National Aquarium of New Zealand is doing just that.

In an escape worthy of The Count of Monte Cristo or The Shawshank Redemption, Inky apparently noticed that maintenance workers accidentally left a gap at the top of his tank—and took it as an opportunity. After slipping through the gap, he slid down and slithered across the floor before squeezing his rugby-ball-sized (slightly larger than an American football) body down a six-inch (150-mm) diameter drain pipe—or at least, that’s what the aquarium staff have gathered after finding his tracks.

The Houdini of the Sea
Octopodes, incidentally, are great at squeezing into tiny places.

"As long as its mouth can fit," Rob Yarrall, from the National Aquarium, told "Their bodies are squishy but they have a beak, like a parrot."

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