Aquarium Disasters at Cicerello’s
Over the years, Cicerello’s has been witness to a number of unusual occurrences, some of which can never be forgotten. One such incident involving an octopus had everyone in restaurant rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
As some people may be aware, octopuses are known to be the most intelligent invertebrates on the planet, and this was proven to be true one Saturday evening at Cicerello’s, when Ocho the resident octopus decided it was time to retire from life in the tank. To the horror of nearby customers, Ocho managed to climb out of the tank and get as far as the cash register before a chef reprimanded him back to his home in the aquarium.
This was not the first time an octopus escaped from the tank at Cicerello’s, which should be no surprise, given their unbelievable flexibility in the wild, extending their body to great lengths as a means to corner their prey within a mass of coral. The most rigid organ in their body is their eyeball, so anywhere their eyeball can go, the rest of their body can too.
For this reason, Craig the aquarium manager will release the octopus when they get too big– but it seemed Ocho had outgrown his temporary home prematurely.
These days we don’t need to worry about such things as octopuses aren’t kept in the tanks at Cicerello’s any longer. Instead there is a wide variety of colourful fish hand caught and lovingly looked after by resident marine lover and extraordinaire, Craig Adair.
On a normal day, Cicerello’s location on the waterfront makes for a peaceful place to indulge in a good old fashioned parcel of fish and chips; but as we’ve proven above, its iconic aquariums have been the center of many a story.
Example number two begins with an unassuming crayfish weighing at 4kg and worth around $130 that was snatched out of the tank by two very drunken passers by. Owner Henry Liascos saw them flail out the door with a big live crayfish in hand and ran after them all the way to Esplanade Park, where he found one man sitting on top (yes on top) of a cray. Henry prized the crayfish free from the strangers grip and returned triumphantly to Cicerello’s where he was met with cheers from those that witnessed the whole event go down.
Just a normal day at the ranch for Henry, who was also subject to a fish tank explosion back in 1997. In the early days, there was a big double story aquarium newly installed at the entrance of the toilets. His daughter who was only 6 years old back then, was chatting to the tank operator with what little vocabulary she had. There were no fish in the tank, only shells, sand and a few hundred liters of water. Whilst they were chatting, the fish tank suddenly exploded and Richard scooped Ella up in his arms, shielding her from the deluge of glass that poured over them both. In his act of heroism Richard was thanked with a few 150 stitches up his arm, while Ella lwalked off with a mere three stitches and lots of gratitude for her savior.
These are just some of the highlights from our collection of stories at Cicerello’s, revealing the many years of adventure that has unfolded since it changed hands in 1996; keep your ears peeled for more stories to come!