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A break for freedom! Octopus escapes from aquarium in effort to return to the sea

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An octopus from the National Aquarium of New Zealand has made a brave dash for freedom.The most popular theory is that Inky the octopus broke out of his tank in the middle of the night and proceeded to slither down a 50 meter drainpipe that led out into the waters of Hawke’s BayInky had been a resident at New Zealand's National Aquarium in Napier for two years and staff believe that he c...

The hands of cod

A fish has become a talented footballer and is able to score goals despite his pitch being severely waterlogged.Goldfish, Span, is able to dribble a tiny football across a submerged pitch in his tank before tapping it into the net.Owner, Peter Bettison, 80, has made a hobby of training Span to become a talented sports star and set him up on an intensive training course.Peter, from Exeter, sa...

Artist brings animals to life with 3D paintings

Image courtesy of Keng LyeAn artist has created stunning optical illusions which may look like fish upon first glance, but in fact are 3D works of art.Keng Lye, from Singapore, has created photo realistic three-dimensional paintings purely from layers of paint and resin.There’s a box which seems to be filled with lively, vibrant goldfish, a tiny terrapin swimming merrily in a bowl and the...

Parrot fashion: the controversial cichlid

Parrot cichlids are a controversial but somewhat popular hybrid with a strange beak-like mouth and a parrot shaped body.Parrot cichlids (no scientific name) are a hybrid that were bred in Taiwan in the 1980s. It is possible they were bred from a Midas cichlid and the red head cichlid.Some cichlid enthusiasts have called for their removal from the market and boycotted pet shops that sell them, ...

Keep your koi safe

Herons and cats may be well known pests for koi keepers but otters can also be an expensive predator.A couple in Norfolk recently lost 200 of their 250 koi and goldfish after an opporunistic otter struck. Alan and Linda Brown lost £10,000 worth of pond fish to the furry predator.Mr Brown told the BBC: "I couldn't believe an otter could do so much damage. We are both dismayed. We had hundreds ...

All that glitters is not goldfish

If most people were to play a word association game, the word "goldfish" would usually be followed by the word "bowl."And let's face it, we all knew someone whose dad won them a goldfish at the fair by throwing a dart at a playing card, carried it home in a carrier bag and plonked it in a small round bowl on top of the telly.But in this more enlightened age, it's accepted that goldfish bowls a...

Limited edition Black Nexus koi filter

How would you like to own a special collector's edition of one of the top koi pond filters?There's only 50 in the world of the Evolution Aqua Nexus Eazy in the limited edition black series - and Swell has three of them.The serial numbers we have of the 210 model are 008, 010 and 011 and we also have one of the 310 series with the serial number 012.So for the true connoisseur of koi - get one...