Giant octopus tries to escape Seattle Aquarium

A young child can be heard saying, “Can we go?” The agile octopus gets several tentacles out of the tank before staff on ladders were able to push it back inside.

Was Ink the octopus trying to break free, or simply exploring the environment?

A video posted to LiveLeak shows Ink the octopus climbing over the walls of its enclosure at the Seattle Aquarium. (YouTube)

A video posted to LiveLeak shows a large octopus as it apparently tries to escape from its tank at the Seattle Aquarium. At the last minute, an aquarium staffer can be seen helping the animal stay in its tank

"He's making a break for it!" Shouts a man in the crowd as Ink throws its tentacles over the glass enclosure. Another person behind the camera says: "He's like ... aww man, they got me!" 

However, the Seattle Aquarium's Tim Kuniholm told a local television station that the video had been blown out of proportion.  

Kuniholm said the octopus was "exploring his boundaries."

"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,” he said. 

The Seattle Aquarium does regular work with the giant Pacific octopus species found in the local waters. Only a few weeks ago, the aquarium released two of its octopuses back into the sound.

The aquarium posted a YouTube video of the release of an octopus named Hazel:

And this is their video of Franklin’s release:

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