Our friends at the New England Aquarium pointed us to these nifty shots of their giant Pacific octopus squeezing itself into a small acrylic box for some delicious crab.
As part of regular enrichment activities for the octopus, aquarist Bill Murphy hides food in plastic boxes with different types of “locks” the octopus must figure out. In this case, the box being used had a hole in it created by the aquarium’s previous resident octopus and, rather than open the top, the octopus just sort of poured himself in. When the aquarium really wants to frustrate their octopus, they just give it a Pepsi bottle cap with a 12 digit code that requires online registration to see if you won.
More details and accurate info can be found on the NEAQ’s blog.
Here’s a great video of Bill and the NEAQ’s previous resident octopus cuddling.
And here’s some video I shot this weekend visiting the NEAQ with my family