Octopus Escaping Through a 1 Inch Diameter Hole

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Octopuses have an amazing ability to squeeze through tiny crevices, cracks and holes. This is a normal, natural behavior for them. The octopus was probably 6 feet or more from arm to arm, and they can squeeze through anything larger than their beak, the only ‘bone’ in their body.

image/text credit: James Wood

My fall BIOS independent studies student, Raymond Deckel investigated just how small a hole Octopus macropus can fit through as well as how long it took them to squeeze through different sizes of holes.

CAABS intern Rowena Day, NSF-REU intern Jared Kibele as well as teaching assistant Abel Valdivia help wrangle the 232 g octopu while Ray timed it’s escape through a 1 inch hole.I shot video clips for later analysis.

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No doubt you’ll have heard that octopuses are intelligent creatures, capable of escaping tricky situations, but it really has to be seen to be believed.

VIAJames Wood
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