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Watch An Octopus Escape Through A One Inch Diameter Hole
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by eNature

Octopuses have a remarkable ability to squeeze through tiny spots such as crevices, cracks and holes. The video above was taken by Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies student Raymond Deckel and vividly shows this amazing ability.

Deckel shot this video while investigating just how small a hole they can fit through as well as how long it takes them to squeeze through different sizes of holes.

How Does The Octopus Get So Small?
So how can a large creature get through a 1 Inch hole?  Octopuses have no bones or outer shell.  In addition,  they’re considered highly intelligent- likely more so than any other invertebrates.

And They’re Plenty Smart Too

In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. Octopuses have also been observed in what some have described as play -a sign of intelligence – for example, releasing toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them.

Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food. They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.

Got any good animal escape stories to share?

We always enjoy hearing them!

Here's a link to the video on YouTube »

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My buddy and I were doing a night dive in a sunken ship, and were using underwater lights.  My buddy was just ahead of me, and he saw the octopus at the exact moment the octopus saw him.  I could almost hear them both scream.  The octopus rose temporarily, then INSTANTLY went flat against the metal shelf it was on, turned from brown to green to lavender, and poured itself into a crevice between the shelf and the wall of the ship. It was absolutely the most incredible experience of my diving career, and I’m sure unbelievable (literally) to those to whom I’ve told the story.

Posted by Sharla Taylor on 5/19

I was watching TV,I believe Discovery, and they showed an octopus after multiple tries figuring out a complex puzzle to get to the food prize. There was another octopus in a tank next to the 1st octopus which had a barrier so they couldn’t see each other.They removed the barrier so the two could see each other. They inserted the puzzle (a bunch of levers and doors)into both tanks. The first octopus already knowing how to do it from repeated tries did it quickly. The 2nd (new) octopus observed the first one and then did it on the first try.

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