Video of ‘octopus escape’ that will make you squirm, the story behind it

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE (KCPQ) —  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.

[protected-iframe id=”1d1354511cee77cc8115dc8e579814cb-29519643-76714873″ info=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””]

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 back 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:

See a mistake? Report a typo here.

Latest News

More News

National News

More National

Washington D.C.

More Washington DC

Your Local Election HQ

More Your Local Election HQ
graphic of the Red Cross

Latest News

More News


KFOR Podcasts

More Podcasts

Follow @KFOR on Twitter