The octopus is considered the most intelligent invertebrate there is. They also appear to have a good memory. Tales abound of their achievements in aquariums. The Internet is full of videos showing their tricks.
Her tank has now been fortified with tape and clamps. They believe she will need tools if she wants to repeat this performance. Only time will tell. She is known by the visitors to the aquarium to be a gregarious and curious octopus. The aquarium has received suggestions to name the California two-spotted octopus, Flo.
By watching the video, it becomes apparent that an octopus is easily trained.
~In an aquarium in Florida the staff entered early one morning to find the octopus tank empty. As they looked around, they found the octopus in another tank with fish. They already knew this octopus was extremely intelligent because they had to keep toys in her tank. And, they had to change those toys daily or she got bored. As they assessed what might have taken place, they realized the octopus had climbed to the top of her tank through a tiny pipe. She then moved the lid and climbed out. She somehow made it to the floor where she must have slithered to the target tank. Then she climbed up, opened their lid and jumped in. She must have stared at that fish tank over a period of time until she could stand it no longer. It didn't seem to be a case of curiosity as much as one of loneliness. She is a very social creature for a species known to hide out.
~There was another story about an octopus that I can’t seem to find. But one day in an aquarium, a staff member noticed in one of the displays that some of the shell fish had vanished, leaving just their shells behind. After about a week, the staff decided to put up some cameras to see if someone was coming into the aquarium at night. Yet, what they found was the tank across from the shell fish was an octopus who couldn’t stand seeing it’s favorite food just feet from it. So at night, it escaped out of its vent hole, down it’s tank, across the floor, up the other tank, in through the shell fish's vent and into their tank to grad a snack. Then the octopus proceeded back to its own tank before morning so no one was the wiser.
So the next time you visit an aquarium, be sure to visit the octopus tank. It seems quite a personality awaits there to greet you. Octopus Documentary Part 1
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