Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town.
Up to 25 curled octopuses, which grow to a length of 50cm, were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales. Some of the wayward cephalopods were found dead, washed up on the beach.
Brett Jones, who runs SeaMor dolphin-watching boat trips, said he first witnessed the phenomenon when he was returning from a sunset trip.
“It was a bit like an End of Days scenario” he told. “There were probably about 20 or 25 on the beach. I have never seen them out of the water like that.”