Dozens of octopuses were spotted emerging from the sea at night, crawling up from New Quay beach, a report says.
The emergence of octopuses from New Quay beach in Ceredigion, Wales was a strange occurrence as these creatures need water to survive.
More than 20 of these creatures crawled out from the waters for three consecutive nights.
In an interview, Brett Jones, owner of SeaMôr dolphin-watching boat trip, said the phenomenon was like an “End of the Days scenario.”
Further, he said octopuses “usually hide in the rocks some two or three meters below the surface”. Nevertheless, this is the first time he had seen them like this.
“Maybe they are getting confused by the bright lights in New Quay harbor and maybe they are dying off after summer or getting knackered after the recent storms.”
Seeing the 39-year-old hard work of returning the octopuses back to the sea, beachgoers ventured to help him out. But the SeaMôr had to warn them to wear glove because they “bite like mad.”
Sydney University Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith said the phenomenon was rare. He is still yet to know what caused the mass beaching of octopuses.
However, he speculated that these creatures are old and lost as older octopuses get confused very quickly.