Imagine waking up one morning and heading to the beach, only to find around two dozen octopuses washed ashore. Maybe your first instinct is to think that you’re hallucinating and seeing weird things. Upon checking that the creatures on the sand are definitely real, you would probably assume the worst – doomsday is upon us. Or maybe not.
This must be what the residents of Ceredigion, a small coastal village in western Wales, must have felt when they saw a group of cephalopods scattered on New Quay beach. They were washed ashore and reports say that the “octopus march” happened three nights in a row.
You would be puzzled too if you find dozens of them on a beach near you.
This mystified the residents, including Brett Stones, an owner of a dolphin watching business in the area.
Stones told BBC:
“It was a bit like an End Of Days scenario. There were probably about 20 or 25 on the beach. I have never seen them out of the water like that.
“They were coming out of the water and crawling up the beach. I’ve lived here my whole lifetime and have never seen anything like it.”
Stones picked up as many octupuses as he could and dropped them back into the ocean. Some of them were found dead on the beach the following morning.
The news spread like wildfire and captured the curiosity of many. Later on, experts weighed in on the weird event.
According to Jenny Hofmeister, a postdoctoral scholar at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the octopuses may have been forced out of the ocean due to the increasing population of its species. She also told National Geographic that recent storms such as Hurricane Ophelia may have made the octupuses march on land.
“There’s some anecdotal evidence of animals being susceptible to big storms, but it really hasn’t been tested. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.”
The octopuses marched ashore on this beach on New Quay.
Dr. Jennifer Miller of University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada observed that the the octopuses looked “disoriented and washed around,” and speculated that the recent storms may have disrupted the breeding rituals of the animals.
Watch the video to the octopuses up close:
Artist Illustrates What Loss Of Net Neutrality Looks Like – And It’s Truly Disturbing!
The internet as we know it will never be the same without net neutrality.
Net neutrality has recently been a hot topic – for very valid reasons. Internet users in the United States are at a risk of losing it and many are understandably furious about it.
What is net neutrality anyway and why is it such a big deal these days? Read on and we’ll give you more details about it plus we’ll share with you a thought-provoking comic made by a talented illustrator.
The government wants to turn the internet into a profit-driven product.
Velvet Beds, Spa Treatments, and Special Beer at India’s First Dog Hotel
Rates include a $70 per night stay and this entitles dogs to velvet beds, 24-hour medical facility, a spa, and even a fully stocked bar with beverages made for dogs!
Pet hotels are nothing new. Pet owners have been enjoying the convenience of having an establishment take care of their furry friends whenever they have to go out of town. But we bet your friendly neighborhood pet hotel ain't got nothing on the Critterati Hotel in Gurugram, India. This luxury dog hotel is said to be the first in Southeast Asia to cater exclusively to our canine friends.
Rates include a $70 per night stay and this entitles dogs to velvet beds, 24-hour medical facility, a spa, and even a fully stocked bar with beverages made for dogs! The idea of this kind of dog hotel existing is more eyebrow-raising if you think about the location. In India, there are 30 million stray animals desperate for homes.
Welcome to Critterati, the first pet hotel in Southeast Asia that caters exclusively to dogs.
Scientists Discover Deepest Fish Ever in the Ocean
There is actually a reason why it looks like a tadpole.
The ocean is packed with various living creatures, some we already know about while others are still being discovered. It is true, however, that there are deeper parts in the ocean where living seems impossible for these creatures. Apart from having no light and the cold temperature, the pressure will just crush almost anything in it, right?
Well apparently, that's not really accurate. There is actually life in the far down. The creature is even deemed the world’s “deepest fish.” This was recently discovered by a group of scientists probing the famous Mariana Trench. With its unfathomable depth, most would definitely assume that there is no place for living creatures there. But we've all been proven wrong.