An octopus from the National Aquarium of New Zealand has escaped its enclosure and has fled through a pipe leading to the great sea. Inky made the most out of the moment the lid of his tank was left ajar and managed to return to his natural home.
Inky is a common New Zealand octopus and can thus fit into very tight places. Because they have no bones, they can change their form and are known to be able to squeeze through holes the size of a coin. They are also known to be highly intelligent and can use various tools. This is how Inky managed to travel through a drainpipe.
The staff of the aquarium believes that the octopus climber to the top of his tank during the night when no one was there. After sliding down the side of his enclosure, he moved across the floor for three or four meters until he reached the fifty-meter drainpipe. Luckily for him, it opened straight into Hawke’s Bay, which is located on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
According to the National Aquarium of New Zealand national manager Rob Yarrell in Napier,
“Octopuses are famous escape artists. But Inky really tested the waters here. I don’t think he was unhappy with us, or lonely, as octopus are solitary creatures. But he is such a curious boy. He would want to know what’s happening on the outside. That’s just his personality.”
Another possibility for Inky could have been squeezing into a pipe from the top of the tank, which also led to the drain located under the floor. Yarell has expressed his surprise and sadness at the discovery, but has pointed out that Inky has always been “a bit of a surprise octopus”.
Exhibits keeper Reiss Jenkinson has dismissed the possibility of the octopus being stolen or taken. He has argued that apart from the lack of reason for stealing such a creature, the National Aquarium has very tight security.
Inky was brought several years ago to the aquarium after a local fisherman caught him in his crayfish pot. Yarrell has not launched a search for him, and while the aquarium is not looking for a replacement, it is willing to adopt another octopus if a fisherman would bring one.
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