We think it’s safe to say Inky the octopus wasn’t a fan of living in captivity.
Staff at the National Aquarium of New Zealand believe the soccer-ball sized octopus broke out of his tank, slithered across the floor, and then squeezed himself through a drain that led back into the Pacific Ocean. Meaning this is guy is basically the El Chapo of the undersea world.
The first clue that something was amiss was when staff found weird, tentacle like tracks all over the ground one day. It didn’t take long for them to realize that someone had left a small opening in Inky’s tank, which the octopus presumably used to get out. Although his old tankmate, Blotchy, was still there.
The incident actually occurred three months ago, but the news only became public this week. Here’s a look at his escape route:
If you’re surprised at all by the brazen Houdini act, you really shouldn’t be. Octopuses are extremely intelligent, and can squeeze through just about anything. There have been videos posted online of them opening jars, while they have also been seen using coconut shells to build underwater shelters.
“Coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squid and cuttlefish) are active, resourceful predators with a rich behavioural repertoire,” a 2015 study reads. “They have the largest nervous systems among the invertebrates and present other striking morphological innovations including camera-like eyes, prehensile arms, a highly derived early embryogenesis and a remarkably sophisticated adaptive colouration system.”
In other words, this octopus knew exactly what he was doing.
Enjoy your freedom, Inky!