Octopus Crawls Out of Water and Begins Walking on Land

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on November 25, 2011. Enjoy!

Written by Jerry James Stone, Treehugger

Wow, check out this amazing video of an octopus literally crawling out of the water and walking across dry land.

It turns out this behavior is not as uncommon as one might expect. Captive octopuses escape with alarming frequency. While on the lam, they have been discovered in teapots and even on bookshelves.

“Some would let themselves be captured, only to use the net as a trampoline. They’d leap off the mesh and onto the floor—and then run for it. Yes, run. You’d chase them under the tank, back and forth, like you were chasing a cat,” Middlebury College researcher Alexa Warburton says. “It’s so weird!”

That said, capturing it on film is quite rare. Mainly because studies on octopuses are so limited due to the creature’s typical shyness and their brief life span of about three years. Back in 2005, the journal Science first published findings on this behavior. However, this was underwater. These octopuses were the first animals to walk on two limbs without a hard skeleton; usually they use all eight legs.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if other octopus species also walk,” said Science author Christine Huffard, from the University of California, Berkeley.

It seems like they do!

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven8 months ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brown10 months ago

thanks for sharing :)

Amy D.
Amy D.about a year ago

Very fun to watch.

Joanie Harvey
Joan Harveyabout a year ago

That was cool. Who knew??

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolseyabout a year ago

Fascinating to watch!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardenerabout a year ago

Wow! I had no idea they could do that :)

J. G.
J. G.about a year ago

Quite amazing but hope that it wasn't to do with anything like pollution in the water, or perhaps didn't like being oggled by so many spectators - unable to see how big the pool was in video!

anja santens
anja santensabout a year ago


Christine C.
Christine C.about a year ago


Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez
Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchezabout a year ago

Amazing video and a fascinating animal. Thanks for sharing.