Monday 23 October 2017

Oliver's new twist on a Rubik's Cube

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

WHEN it comes to solving a Rubik's Cube, could eight arms be better than two?

A Great Pacific Octopus went on display at the Sea Life aquarium in Bray, Co Wicklow, for the first time yesterday, and quickly put his mind towards solving the puzzle that has proved popular for decades with children across the world.

Or possibly he just likes the toy's texture.

"We are delighted to be able to announce that Oliver Ink, our Giant Pacific Octopus, arrived and is settling into his new home at the moment," Pat O Suilleabhain from the aquarium said yesterday.

"We are confident that visitors will be delighted with this new addition to the extensive Sea Life collection.

"Oliver is making himself right at home, having brought a selection of his favourite toys with him to keep himself amused. He loves to interact with visitors, often playing with his buckets and spades or, his own personal favourite, the Rubik's Cube."

The Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species. The size record is held by a specimen that was 30 feet across and weighed more than 600 pounds.

Oliver Ink is still growing but he will limit his size based on the size of his tank. And his focus is likely to remain on the Rubik's Cube.

Irish Independent

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