GOOD

Octopus Pulls Off Dramatic Aquarium Escape

“He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean. And off he went.”

Image credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand

Officials at the New Zealand National Aquarium say that Inky, a wild octopus who had become a regional attraction, managed to break free from its tank and pull off a daring return to the ocean.


Truth be told, people at the aquarium aren’t entirely sure about Inky’s fate but there are some telling clues. Three months ago, they found its tank empty. Left behind were suction cup prints as evidence that the crafty creature had escaped through a gap in the tank accidentally left open by maintenance workers. From there, the cephalopod reportedly made its way across the aquarium floor before climbing down a six-inch-drain pipe that had direct access to the ocean.

“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.”

Inky was technically a rescue project by the aquarium. In 2014, they found him caught in a crayfish pot, suffering from injuries. But even as they rehabilitated him it became increasingly clear that keeping an octopus in captivity is a complicated endeavor. In an interview at the time, curator of exhibits Kerry Hewitt said, “He’s got a few battle scars and a couple of shortened limbs which will eventually grow back, but he’s getting used to being at the aquarium now. We have to keep Inky amused or he will get bored.”

Several must read pieces have been written in the last several years about the powerful and often confounding intelligence of the octopus. In 2009, Scientific American reported on another crafty octopus that flooded the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with 200 gallons of water by dismantling a water recycling hose that subsequently poured out fluid for 10 hours. There are more than 300 species of octopuses, and scientists have found they are capable of navigating mazes, solving puzzles and dismantling complex pieces of machinery – obviously. The Soul of an Octopus author Sy Montgomery tells the Christian Science Monitor, “Octopuses are very curious. They love to explore objects, take things apart, and put them together.”

And apparently, when given the opportunity, to escape from their human captors.

Articles

A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

Keep Reading
Health
via Bossip / Twitter

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

Keep Reading
Politics
via United for Respect / Twitter

Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

Keep Reading
Communities