More than 20 octopuses have been spotted walking on the British beach in New Quay, Ceredigion on Friday night. And no one knows why they were mysteriously leaving the sea and crawling on to dry land.
The sighting was seen first by Brett Jones, the owner of SeaMor Dolphin Watching Boat Trips after returning from a sunset trip at 10 p.m. He saw these eight-legged creatures walking on the beach. The locals have been dumbfounded and shocked by the incident.
Jones told Wales Online that the octopuses were coming out of the water and crawling up the beach. He further said that they don't know what's causing it.
"Perhaps it's because the sea has been quite rough recently, but I've never seen anything like it before. They were walking on the tips of their legs," added Jones.
This video footage of these animals seen walking on the beach was captured by Jones' company. Mr. Jones said that his friend told him that this happened on Thursday night. He is now encouraging the people to pick up the octopuses and return them in the water.
On Saturday morning, they found a few dead octopuses that were washed on the beach. There is no explanation yet about this and the behavior of the octopuses found on dry land.Meanwhile, Science Alert reports that this was not the first time these creatures have been spotted walking on the dry land. An octopus was seen crawling on the land at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in San Mateo County in California in 2011. Likewise, in the episode of 2015 BBC "The Hunt," it showed an octopus also crawling from rock pool to rock pool searching for prey.
Julian Finn, a marine invertebrate expert of Museums Victoria in Australia explained the creature's behavior. She said that most octopuses are nocturnal and people unlikely see these creatures go for a wander.
She further said that it is probably because of food. Many octopuses hunt in the pools of water left behind by the receding tide.
She continues that they have gills and they must be in the water to breathe. On the other hand, they could survive for a short period of time if their skin stays moist because their skin could absorb some oxygen, according to Finn.
In case you see octopuses leaving their homes, do care to save. Pick them up and return them in water to save them from being stranded.[Featured Image by Subaaqueosshutterbug/Thinkstock]