Armed prisoner floods Santa Monica Aquarium in Escape Attempt?

February 28, 2009

A trickster who flooded he Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offices with sea water was said to be armed and mischievous, Eight-armed, to be exact.

The small female two-spotted octopus, is getting quite a lot of attention after it either got curious or was trying to make an escape, breaking a valve in its tank, resulting in a flood.  The LA Times reports:

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. Judging by the size of the flood, Fash estimated that the water flowed for about 10 hours before the first staff member, Aaron Kind, showed up for work.

Aquarium spokeswoman Randi Parent says no sea life was harmed by the flood, but the brand new, ecologically designed floors might be damaged by the water. The octopus, until now had no name, but some people are suggesting she be called ‘Flo.’


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