Octopus Floods Aquarium

The world is coming to an end, or so it would seem with the flooding we’ve seen lately. I know my father is prepared, what with those high rising pants he prefers to wear.

Everyone is blaming mother nature, but maybe she’s not the culprit.  She wasn’t responsible for the calamity in yesterday’s story, and she’s not the perpetrator of the excess H20 crime in today’s posting. So do me a favor and lay off the old lady, already.

The instigator in today’s flooding is an octupus, not to be confused with the Octomom.

Let’s get to it…today’s flooding of an aquarium story

It’s not surprising that with eight arms and inquisitive nature, the two-spotted octopus is pretty handy around its tank at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

Still, those reporting for work Thursday at the popular beachfront attraction were caught by surprise when they were greeted by water lapping around the kelp forest display, the shark and ray tank and the rocky reef exhibit.

The guest of honor in the aquarium’s Kids’ Corner octopus tank had swum to the top of the enclosure and disassembled the recycling system’s valve, flooding the place with some 200 gallons of seawater.

“It had grabbed the tube that pulls out the water and caused it to spray outside the tank,” said aquarium education specialist Nick Fash.

The tiny octopus, which is about the size of a human forearm when its appendages are extended, floated lazily in the water that remained in its tank.

It watched intently through glass walls and portholes as workers struggled to dry the place out in time for the day’s first busload of schoolchildren to arrive on a 9:30 a.m. field trip.

Since octopuses are considered by many to be the most intelligent invertebrate — and to have good memories — Fash said he jury-rigged his octopus tank piping with clamps and tape in hopes of thwarting any further mischief by its occupant. “She would need tools,” he said of his octopus, which until now had no name.

“Some people are suggesting we call her ‘Flo,’ ” he said.

I’d suggest MacGyver, and if you don’t like that suggestions…well, then you can kiss my grits.


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