Octopus
© SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips New Quay
Hordes of octopus have left sea-goers speechless with an unusual invasion on a Welsh beach.

More than 20 of the creatures were spotted making their way up the beach in New Quay, Ceredigion , on Friday night in a mysterious phenomenon which has left staff from a local dolphin watching company completely baffled.

Brett Jones, owner of SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips, was returning the boat after a sunset trip at 10pm when he first spotted the sea creatures crawling up on to dry land.

He said: "They were coming out of the water and crawling up the beach. We don't quite know what's causing it.

"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.

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


While octopus have been spotted playing with dolphins off the Mid Wales coast, this is the first time video footage has been captured by the company of the animals on the beach.

Brett, 39, is now encouraging people to quickly return the creatures to the water if they are spotted on the beach.

He said: "On Friday, we picked them up and dropped them in the water at the end of the pier.

Octopus
© SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips
"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.

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

While octopus have previously been found on dry land in Norfolk, no explanation has been offered for their behaviour.

Dead octopus have also been found on the beach
© SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips
Dead octopus have also been found on the beach