It was a daring escape in the middle of night that saw Inky the octopus make a successful dash for freedom from his tank to the Pacific Ocean.
The male octopus squeezed himself out of the aquarium after staff left the lid slightly ajar at the National Aquarium in Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island.
He managed to crawl his way down the side of the tank and slid across the floor, before squeezing into a 150 mm drainage pipe that led to the nearby ocean, reported NZ Herald.
Manager Rob Yarrell said octopuses were famous for escaping their enclosures, but Inky’s getaway was remarkable.
‘The lid had been left just slightly ajar, just slightly, and he found this rather tempting, climbed out, and was able to make his way across the floor,’ said Mr Yarrell.