Inky the octopus has become the first ever critter to successfully escape from an aquarium! Inky was a resident at the National Aquarium in the city of Napier, New Zealand until earlier this year when the lid to his tank was left slightly ajar following some maintenance work. It seems Inky took advantage of the small gap, and managed to squeeze out onto the floor and into a drain that took him straight out to the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium staff later found the “octopus tracks” left behind when he scooted across the floor, and were able to use them to figure out his escape route. Although Inky’s tank is also home to another octopus, it seems Inky was the only one brave enough to make the dash for freedom, and his tank-mate remains safe and sound at the aquarium (although the staff say they are keeping a close watch). I hope Inky is enjoying his freedom in the Pacific ocean, and I’m crossing my fingers that his escape will make its way into the plot of some future Finding Nemo sequels.
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April 19, 2016