Parade of octopuses spotted on Welsh beach

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Brett Jones, who runs SeaMôr dolphin-watching boat trips, said he first witnessed the phenomenon when he was returning from a sunset trip.

James Wright, curator at the National Marine Aquarium in the United Kingdom, told the Daily Telegraph and Newsweek that the number of octopuses seen on the same beach at the same time is "quite odd".

They are also preyed upon by dolphins and there is speculation that a herd of dolphins out in the bay led the octopuses to seek refuge dry land.

Although the curled octopus is a common species in Britain's waters, the sensitive creatures are typically found more than 300 feet beneath the surface. More than 20 of the apparently confused creatures were reported on the sand on Friday night, and the Telegraph notes the migration continued the following two nights.

"It was a bit like an End Of Days scenario", he told the BBC. But marine biologist Ken Halanych told Vanity Fair that octopuses can survive for around 20-30 minutes outside the water.

"Seeing something like that out of its environment, you get this sort of feeling of wanting to protect them", Stones said in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

"Perhaps it's because the sea has been quite rough recently but I've never seen anything like it before".

An incredibly rare octopus invasion of a Welsh beach may have been caused by recent storms that battered the Irish Sea, experts fear.

Jones tried to drop as many as he could back in the sea, but sadly come the morning a few of the octofriends were found dead. "But them even being found in the intertidal is not common and suggests there is something wrong with them I am afraid".

Hurricane Ophelia and storm Brian battered the Welsh coast earlier this month with gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

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