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Octopus caught on camera in aquarium escape attempt

Aquarium spokesman Tim Kuniholm said it's normal for an octopus to explore its new environment.

By Ben Hooper

SEATTLE, March 5 (UPI) -- It's not exactly "The Gr-Eight Escape."

A visitor to the Seattle Aquarium captured footage of an octopus named Ink making a slow-moving and ill-fated break for freedom.

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The video, shot at the aquarium last week, shows Ink the octopus climb up the side of its glass tank and start to move to the outside before it's pushed back into the tank by an aquarium worker.

Tim Kuniholm, a spokesman for the aquarium, told KCPQ-TV the viral video has been "blown out of proportion."

He said it's normal for an octopus top explore a new environment.

"It's a new octopus, Ink, in a new exhibit exploring his boundaries," Kuniholm said. "In the video that's been shared by the public it's one of our staff members helping Ink bank into his exhibit after exploring the edge."

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