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.Octopus floods Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (Thanks, Coop!)
"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.
Note to octopus:Chris Spurgeon:
I did not mean to eat your brother. I thought that sushi was squid.
Please spare my family.
That octopus is now confined to a tiny corner of his aquarium where he's passing the hours bouncing a baseball against the wall.
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