Inky the escapologist octopus breaks out of New Zealand aquarium

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 12:09 PM

Squeezing out from a gap at the top of his tank, the "inquisitive" octopus, Inky, slithered across the floor of the aquarium and down a seawater runoff pipe to Hawke'south Bay, and freedom.

Inky the escapologist octopus breaks out of New Zealand aquarium

An enterprising octopus spotted his chance to escape from a New Zealand aquarium -- and took it.

Squeezing out from a gap at the top of his tank, the "inquisitive" octopus, Inky, slithered across the floor of the aquarium and down a seawater runoff pipe to Hawke'south Bay, and freedom.

"Octopus are very intelligent, very curious and love to thrust the boundaries," said Rob Yarrell, the manager of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

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"This specific one was very friendly and intelligent and obviously found a feeble spot in the top of his tank."

Inky, a common New Zealand octopus who'd been caught by a local crayfisherman off the coast of Napier and donated to the aquarium, appears to be a credit to his species.

Master escapologists

Octopus are able to obtain out of very tiny spaces, and only restricted by size of beak, the only rigid portion of their bodies.

It means that they're able to alter their body shape and squeeze through tight spots.

"He managed to obtain out and two-and-a-bit meters (around eight ft) far was a drain which he managed to escape through."

He added that Inky could probably hear water in the pipe, which gave him his escape plan.

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The absconder actually took his chance a "couple of months ago," Yarrell said, but news of the grand escape only emerged recently.

The intelligence of cephalopods, including octopuses, is widely acknowledged by researchers, and their problem-solving and escapologist feats are well-documented. Footage of octopuses escaping from tightly-screwed jars, for example, gives a demonstration of their abilities.

Yarrell said despite the species' intelligence, the aquarium had number plans to stop keeping them in captivity.

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