The staff of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium discovered tuesday morning that hundreds of gallons of seawater had flooded the building. The source of the flooding was discovered to originate from an octopus aquarium which had been carelessly designed to allow for the curious octopus to be able to pull out a flow regulating valve. The SoCal aquarium staff points the finger at the curious female bimac octopus which resides in the display tank but the when questioned the octopus pointed eight arms at the designers of her tank. We’re with the cephalopod on this one; octopus are famously known for solving puzzles and getting their many appendages into every nook and cranny of their holding tanks. If some careless aquarium plumber left a valve vulnerable to octopod tampering then they are responsible for the consequences. So rise up all you blue blooded brainy inverts, tug at the hoses, twist the bulkheads, push the covers, eat a shark if you have to and do whatever it takes to show your captors how poorly they have designed your exhibit. We look forward to reading about a lot more octopus enhanced aquarium flooding over the coming weeks.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.