Inky The Octopus Executes Great Escape Through Aquarium’s Drain Pipe

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Credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand

Yup. You read that right. Inky the octopus was a resident at the National Aquarium in the coastal settlement of Napier, and he is now on the run somewhere in the Pacific Ocean – an ideal hiding place for Inky for sure. The crafty fella managed to squeeze through a gap in its tank lid, left slightly ajar following maintenance work, according to Aquarium manager Rob Yarrall. Once out of his cell, he needed an escape route.

“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,” Rob Yarrall tells Radio New Zealand. Fortunately for Inky the drain pipe lead to the sea and freedom. All he left behind were some ‘octopus tracks’

Safe to say this was the first escape of its kind the staff at the aquarium had experienced. “Even quite a large octopus, they can squeeze down to the size of their mouth which is the only really hard part of their body,” Rob explained. “It’s a beak, very much like a parrot beak.”

Inky wasn’t the only octopus in the tank, but sadly his cell mate didn’t have the nerve to follow him out. Mr Yarrell told the Hawkes Bay Today that of course they will be ‘watching the other one’ closely.