The New Zealand area of Dunedin is expecting to be engulfed by Octopuses as they arrive to mate, an article in Otago Daily Times wrote.
The Common Octopus lives for around two years and have an arm span of around two metres. Despite having a sharp beak and being so large, they don’t pose a threat to people because they’re so shy, but do have a similar intelligence to that of a clever Dog.
The article explains how the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre on Otago Harbour releases Octopuses that they’ve studied in order to let them mate. This decision came after their favourite character, Sid the Octopus, escaped from his tank. They found him five days later in the drainage system as he made a break for freedom. They surmised he was looking for a mate and so they set him free.
On another occasion, a female decided she didn’t like the lights in room where her tank was located. She discovered that she could “turn the lights off” by splashing water on the light switch which fused the circuit and killed the lights. The Aquarium changed the lighting system.