Apr 14

Octopus Escapes Aquarium, Finds Way to Ocean Through Nearby Drain

A photo of Inky before his successful escape (you can tell from his eyes he's plotting).

A photo of Inky prior to his successful escape (you can tell from his eyes he’s plotting).

In a scene that seems like it’s right out of a Pixar movie, an octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier has found freedom after escaping from his tank, scurrying across the floor, and finding his way into the Pacific Ocean through a nearby drain.

According to Rob Yarral, the aquarium’s manager, confused staff began looking for the octopus when they noticed him missing (he was in a tank with just one other octopus), and found tracks leading to a nearby drain. “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”, Yarral says.

Yarral says that staff checked the drain – which allows fresh seawater to be circulated into the tank – to make sure he wasn’t stuck, which he wasn’t.

The octopus, named Inky, is now “scuttling along the Pacific seafloor”, says Yarral.


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