March 6, 2009
Octopus squeezes into small box
Staff at the New England Aquarium in Boston said they were stunned when a 7-foot-long octopus squeezed himself into a 14-inch square box.
Officials at the aquarium said the 18-month-old octopus, named Truman, squeezed his 30 pounds of mass through a tiny 2-inch hole on the locked box, which contained a smaller box filled with crabs for the octopus to eat, WBZ, Boston, reported Friday.
I start the octopus off with the small box, and once he has mastered that lock I switch to another box, and once he has mastered each individual box, I put a box inside a box to keep him active and challenged, Murphy said.
Truman remained inside the box for about 30 minutes before emerging without having penetrated the smaller box of food, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported. Murphy said the octopus will sometimes save the food for nighttime.