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April 13, 2016

An aquarium in Napier is making headlines this week not for its latest exhibit, but rather what’s missing from one. A (not so) common New Zealand octopus named Inky made an incredible escape from its tank, leaving the staff baffled.

The eight-legged sea creature broke out of his tank in the middle of the night, maneuvered across the floor, squeezed down a 164-foot-long drainpipe, and ultimately found the freedom of the sea. 

National Aquarium, New Zealand

“Octopuses are famous escape artists,” Rob Yarrell, manager of the National Aquarium of New Zealand, said. “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.”

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