Otto the Octopus

One of my favorite radio shows is All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR). Recently, they shared a remarkable story about a special invertebrate, Otto the Octopus.  Otto is a resident at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany.

The intelligence of octopuses continues to astonish me.  I believe it will you too.

Otto the Octopus

Otto, a rambunctious octopus with quite a sense of humor was more than happy to express his opinions about his living conditions at the aquarium. Every day for three days the entire electrical system in the aquarium was blown out. The employees would arrive in the morning confounded. They could not figure it out until one evening a they spent the night at the aquarium and busted Otto the octopus spraying water at the 2,000 watt lights above is tank, burning out the electrical system in the whole building.

He was bored

According to a spokesperson for the aquarium,

“We knew that he was bored as the aquarium was closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water.”

Not only was Otto expressive about the overhead lighting, he showed them that he was also bored in captivity.

“Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better – much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants.”

Playful like Violet

Otto was certainly playful like the character Violet in my children’s book, Violet the Hugging Octopus. He didn’t hesitate to show his playfulness either. Considered the most intelligent of all the invertebrates, octopuses are clever and talented. And how!  They are wonderful problem solvers as we learned from Otto.  In nature, they can change their color to blend in and protect themselves at will.  Imagine what else we will learn from this magnificent creature, as we continue to observe them.

Listen to the full 2 minute story here: NPR 

Read the full article here: The Telegraph

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