The story behind the ‘octopus escape’ at the Seattle Aquarium

Posted at 4:35 PM, Mar 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-05 16:35:36-05

SEATTLE —  Was it a daring escape attempt thwarted at the last minute? Or was it an intelligent and agile creature new to its environment exploring its boundaries?

Video posted online earlier this week shows the octopus seemingly attempting to topple over the lip of its enclosure at the Seattle Aquarium.  At the last minute, an aquarium staffer can be seen helping the animal stay in its tank.

The video quickly went viral with websites posting and reposting the video with breathless headlines about a daring escape. However, the Seattle Aquarium’s Tim Kuniholm tells Q13 FOX News “video has been blown out of proportion.”

“It’s a new octopus “Ink” in a new exhibit exploring his boundaries,” said Kuniholm.  “In the video that’s been shared by the public… it’s one of our staff members helping Ink bank into his exhibit after exploring the edge.”

The Seattle Aquarium does regular work with the Giant Pacific Octopus species found in the Puget Sound.  Just a few weeks ago, the aquarium released two of its octopuses back into the sound.

Here is video of Hazel’s release:

Here is video of Franklin’s release: