Otto the Octopus Juggles Hermit Crabs

November 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm (funny things) ()

Via Feministe, this is hilarious.

An octopus at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, became agitated by a bright light shining into his enclosure and took it upon himself to get rid of it, causing serious black-out problems for the aquarium and its many creatures.

“It was on the third night that we found out that the octopus Otto was responsible for the chaos.

“We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is 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.”

But this is the really funny part:

“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.”

Funny unless you’re one of those hermit crabs, of course.


  1. Daisy said,


  2. Au D'heau said,

    This article is not quite correct. It was gleaned from several incorrect articles that falsely claim Otto was annoyed with the light.

    A simple trip to the web site of the aquarium will establish that Otto is bored, not annoyed.

    “A number of newspaper articles suggest that we believe that Otto had been annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium. This is incorrect as Otto grew up in his aquarium and is hence very used to his environment. Furthermore we only use special aquarium lights which aren’t very bright and Otto’s exhibit is equipped with a dark overhang and caves. “

  3. Daisy said,

    Thanks for the info, Au D’heau.

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