New Zealand Aquarium Octopus Has Flown The Coop

Inky escaped more than three months ago, leaving the aquarium through a drain that goes to the ocean.

Inky, a common octopus, escaped its tank at the New Zealand Aquarium. Photo by New Zealand Aquarium

Inky, once a resident of the New Zealand Aquarium has escaped, flown the coop, gotten away. The slithery cephalopod slipped through a tiny crack at the top of its enclosure, the most common escape route for captive octopuses.

After he had bailed his cushy environs, he found a drain on the aquarium floor, a drain that leads straight to the ocean, and squeezed through the 15 cm opening to freedom.

“He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean. And off he went,” aquarium manager Rob Yarrall told Radio New Zealand. “And he didn’t even leave us a message.”

The aquarium was apparently hush hush about the escape because it occurred more than three months ago but only now fessed up to their slip up. Inky had only been at the aquarium for two years before he decided that the ocean is where he wanted to be.

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