Otto the frustrated interior decorator wreaks havoc…

No, not Otto Rank, Anaïs Nin’s psychoanalyst, favorite ‘son’ and disciple of Freud, and notch on the bedpost of The Ensorcelress.

This Octopus is really an Octopus named Otto (but I do wonder if he was named for Mr. Rank). And this Octopus is bizzy. I kinda love animal stories, like Cholla, the horse painter that rhymes with Goya, and so on.

Necessary Life Gear

This is not Otto. This is a mannequin at the flea market.

So this Octopus has found a way to get his way by ensorcelling the staff at the aquarium where he lives; “Staff believe that the octopus called Otto had been annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium and had discovered he could extinguish it by climbing onto the rim of his tank and squirting a jet of water in its direction.”

In Training

Still not Otto.

“We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water.”

Open for Life


“Director Elfriede Kummer who witnessed the act said: “We’ve put the light a bit higher now so he shouldn’t be able to reach it. But Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts so we have realised we will have to keep more careful eye on him – and also perhaps give him a few more toys to play with.”

Statue of Flea Market Liberty

I'm not showing him.

“Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better – much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants.”

This is exactly what Life looks like

He wouldn't sign the model release form. Otto I mean.


Octopi are like people.

2 Responses to “Otto the frustrated interior decorator wreaks havoc…”

  1. Wolfenbach Says:

    Octopi are extraordinarily intelligent.
    I read this story in the Guardian. It made my day…
    Otto! Love him!

  2. Unique Fredrique Says:

    I feel I know Otto – we both like to rearrange things and throw stones in our tanks and I spit out a 60W light blub from my bed after a night at Glubee’s Surf and Turf
    PS I like the mannequins in the pictures!

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