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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's Bay, and freedom.
originally posted by: kelbtalfenek
a reply to: Night Star
Because they learn. Octopi can actually learn through observation of another performing a certain behavior.
They have to adapt constantly in their own environment...to different predators, different terrain, different seasons and such. Adaptation (and necessity) are the mothers of invention (and adaptation, it seems.)
Staff believe that the octopus called Otto had been annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium and had discovered he could extinguish it by climbing onto the rim of his tank and squirting a jet of water in its direction.
The short-circuit had baffled electricians as well as staff at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, who decided to take shifts sleeping on the floor to find out what caused the mysterious blackouts.