According to the LA Times, a cunning little octopus flooded the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium yesterday:
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.
“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.
Look, I don’t want to sound fatalistic, but the signs are all there: the Human-Octopus War of 2009 has begun, and they’ve made the first move.
So…your move, humans.