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Octopuses Are Crawling Out Of Sea And Onto A The Beach In Wales

Octopuses Are Crawling Out Of Sea And Onto A The Beach In Wales

If you go to a British beach you're most likely to see discarded shopping trolleys, condoms, a rogue shoe and maybe, if you're lucky, a used needle.

It's a lot different to other countries that have creatures like turtles, sharks and fish swimming in clear water, but the waters that surround our shores are probably far too potent for any wildlife to swim in.

Clearly, a load of octopuses are completely fucking lost, as they were spotted on a beach in New Quay, Ceredigion, on Friday night.

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About 20 of them were seen within two days, with Brett Stones, owner of SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips, taking pictures of the critters after a sunset trip.

"They were coming out of the water and crawling up the beach. We don't quite know what's causing it," Stones told Wales Online.

"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.

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"A friend of mine said it happened the night before, and there was about 20 last night."

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A few have even been spotted dead on the beach, while others have scuttled away to safety.

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Something similar happened recently when the gale-force winds of Hurricane Ophelia caused a plethora of Portuguese man o' war to be blown to our shores. Beachgoers were warned by coastguards about the marine animals, whose stings can prove fatal, after they were spotted up and down the Dorset and Devon coast earlier this month.

Even though it's a good opportunity to snap a picture and show it off to people on social media, Brett wants to encourage people to quickly return any octopuses to the sea, should they be found.

"If people are able to, they should pick them up and put them back as they need to go back into the water very quickly," he said.

"A few dead ones were washed up on the beach this morning."

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The creatures are normally found in deep seas, and are very rarely spotted around the UK, though they've been known to play with dolphins off the Mid Wales coast, according to the Mirror.

As of yet there's no explanation for why they're leaving the water and swarming the beach, as it's not in their nature to do so.

Featured Image Credit: SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips

Topics: Beach, uk news, Sea, Wales

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.