Interspecific Evaluation of Octopus Escape Behavior

  title={Interspecific Evaluation of Octopus Escape Behavior},
  author={James B. Wood and Roland C. Anderson},
  journal={Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science},
  pages={106 - 95}
  • J. WoodR. C. Anderson
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
The well-known ability of octopuses to escape enclosures is a behavior that can be fatal and, therefore, is an animal welfare issue. This study obtained survey data from 38 participants-primarily scientists and public aquarists who work with octopuses-on 25 described species of octopus. The study demonstrates that the likeliness to escape is species specific (p = .001). The study gives husbandry techniques to keep captive octopuses contained. This first interspecific study of octopus escape… 

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