Octopus Floods Aquarium in Santa Monica, California
Linkedin

Octopus Floods Aquarium in Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica : CA : USA | Feb 27, 2009 at 6:04 PM PST
By
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
Fish Behaving Badly: Octopus Drains Aquarium

A clever octopus in the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California decided to amaze and amuse spectators with its dexterous talents by extracting a valve in the tank that caused it to overflow and create a flood on the floor. The owners of the aquarium were a bit surprised to see the water on the floor this past Tuesday when they opened up the aquarium to the public. The octopus was not harmed in the process but she apparently has been known to exhibit an interest in her surroundings and those who visit her.

Two hundred gallons of seawater displaced from the tank will probably cause some damage to the floor, officials at the aquarium say. The octopus is reported to have observed the workers drain the water from the floor while she floated in her tank.

This is not the first time an octopus decided to try to drain water from its tank. Back in 1994 at the San Pedro Cabrillo Marine Aquarium another curious octopus decided to find out what itwould be like to pull a water pipe loose and in doing so, drained out all the water, causing the animal to die in the process. Santa Monica's octopus seemed to have a bit more clever though, in being able to maintain some water in her own tank even after pulling her practical joke on the owners of the aquarium.

Santa Monica's octopus has no personal name but the aquarium education specialist has mentioned to the press that a possible name for her would be Flo. The eight-armed invertebrate is considered to be a highly intelligent animal who is able to observe and recall actions of others in its presence. For example, an octopus watching a human adjusting a valve inside a water tank will most likely attempt to duplicate the action when no one is watching. Having eight arms to do the job is no sweat, either.

marygh is based in Venice, Florida, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • SoCal aquarium blames flooding on curious octopus

      Lexington Herald-Leader
    Staff at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California say the trickster who flooded their offices with sea water was armed...They blame the soaking they discovered Tuesday morning on the aquarium's resident two-spotted octopus, a tiny female known...
  • Tank Job: Octopus Floods Aquarium

      The Journal Gazette
    An octopus on Thursday managed to pry loose a water-control valve at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in the seaside city of Santa Monica, flooding the facility with more than 200 gallons of saltwater. The valve is inside the sea creature's tank, and...
  • Octo-mess: Eight-legged resident blamed for flood at Santa Monica aquarium

      The Mercury News
    Staff arrived at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Tuesday morning to find their offices soaked with hundreds of gallons of sea water. A preliminary investigation points to an eight-legged suspect — the aquarium's resident two-spotted octopus, a tiny...
  • Octopus floods Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

      Los Angeles Times
    The mollusk diassembles a valve at the top of her tank, flooding the place with some 200 gallons of seawater. February 27, 2009 The guest of honor in the aquarium's Kids' Corner octopus tank had swum to the top of the enclosure and disassembled the...
  • Aquarium blames flood on octopus

      Dubuque Telgraph Herald
    Staff at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California say the trickster who flooded their offices with sea water was armed...They blame the soaking they discovered Tuesday morning on the aquarium's resident two-spotted octopus, a tiny female known...

Blogs

 >

Videos

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.