The Houdini Octopus

by | Mar 27, 2014 | Cephalopods, Photography, Too Cute | 0 comments

Octopus are extremely intelligent and well known masters of escape in aquariums. Monterey Bay Aquarium Security Officer Clara Nilsen saw what she thought was a banana peel in front of the reef exhibit. Upon closer inspection, Nilsen realized it was actually an Octopus rubescens.oct 1Upon seeing a slime trail leading back to the Shale Reef pool, Nilsen placed the octopus inside the reef. As it turns out, the octopus was not part of the reef pool and Nilsen was actually the first person to see the octopus. The aquarium staff believe that the octopus must have come into the aquarium as a juvenile, by hiding in a rock, and matured in hiding.  The octopus eagerly awaits the opening of  the highly-anticipated “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes” exhibit opening April 12.

Source: Monterey County Weekly by David Schmalz

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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