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Top 5 Amazing Octopus Escape Attempts

Here are some of our favorite octopus escape videos and stories from around the world.


Octopuses are masters of escape. Then again, if you had eight arms and were held captive, you'd probably try your best to run away too.

Here are some of our favorite stories of octopus escape. Octopuses who tried — successfully or not — to break free from tanks and ships around the world.

1. Inky the Octopus

Photo Credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand

Inky made headlines this spring when he not only escaped his enclosure at the National Aquarium of New Zealand but also apparently made it all the way back to the sea after slipping through an ocean-bound drain.

2. The Bermuda Breakout

In her book "The Soul of an Octopus", Sy Montgomery writes about another cephalopod who tried to make a similar escape from a private aquarium in Bermuda. This octopus made it all the way to the lawn, where it was killed by a swarm of hungry ants.

3. The Cephalopod Stowaway

In the same book, Montgomery also writes about an octopus caught on a trawler in the English Channel. Rightfully worried about its fate, it crept across the deck and into the cabin, where crew members found it hours later, hiding in a teapot.

4. Mischief Managed

In 2009, an octopus flooded the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with 200 gallons of water when she disassembled her tank. She seems to have been more curious than restless. Bob Pool wrote in the LA Times that while aquarium staff rushed to clean up the mess, "the tiny octopus, which is about the size of a human forearm when its appendages are extended, floated lazily in the water that remained in its tank."

5. The Houdini of Octopuses

And finally, for your viewing pleasure, Chance Miller of Millers Landing, Alaska, caught this footage of an octopus escaping through a small crack in a boat. After watching it, we're questioning everything we ever learned in elementary school about states of matte. Clearly octopuses are neither liquid nor solid but pure genius in gelatin form.

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