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I'm Inspired By This Octopus Who Escaped to the Ocean

When we were children, we were taught that if we work hard, we can achieve anything we put our minds to. Inky, a New Zealand octopus, worked very hard and achieved the ultimate goal: freedom.


According to the website Stuff, Inky, who was a resident at the National Aquarium in Napier, one day said to himself, “Enough is enough,” and resolved to build a life for himself that didn’t revolve around tourists and regular feeding times. So, Inky made a daring escape.

The aquarium’s manager Rob Yarrall said that octopi are quite stretchy, making his escape more understandable.


“They can fit through very, very small spaces, even quite a large octopus, they can squeeze down to the size of their mouth which is the only really hard part of their body,” Yarrall told RNZ. “It’s a beak, very much like a parrot beak.”

After aquarium employees noticed he was missing about three months ago, they followed remaining octopus tracks which provide hints about his journey: apparently, he squeezed through a little gap in the top of his enclosure, slopped across the floor, and squeezed his rugby ball-sized body into a 150 mm drain that led to the ocean. Beautiful.

“Off he went,” Yarrall continued, “and he didn’t even leave us a message.”

Good luck, Inky, I hope you find what you’re looking for.

Senior Editor, Jezebel

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