A New Kind of Creepy-Crawly: Octopuses Oozing Across the Beach at Night

The tiny town of New Quay in Ceredigion, Wales, is a picturesque seaside resort during the summer. But in recent days, it has seemingly turned into the set of a horror movie, thanks to an eerie natural phenomenon that has puzzled locals and scientists alike. Dozens of curled octopuses—a cephalopod species that's common in the northeast Atlantic, including around the British Isles—have squirmed their way out of the ocean and onto the sand. They've been routinely spotted scuttling along the coast at night, according to The Guardian.

Between 20 and 30 of the nocturnal creatures were seen making evening strolls for three nights in a row. Later, several dead octopuses were discovered washed up on shore. "It was a bit like an end-of-days scenario," a local man named Brett Jones joked to BBC News.

Jones—the owner of SeaMôr Dolphin Watching Boat Trips, a wildlife tourism company—rescued some of the beached octopuses and returned them to the water. He was puzzled by the incidents, telling the Telegraph that curled octopuses typically like to hide beneath rocks in deeper water. He also noted that the octopuses didn't seem to exhibit any signs of injury or harm, according to National Geographic. (Jones did, however, warn people to wear gloves if attempting their own catch-and-release, as curled octopuses "bite like mad.")

Octopuses mainly live in the ocean, although they do occasionally slime onto dry land to hunt prey. So what are they doing roaming New Quay's beaches? Theories range from overcrowding due to skyrocketing populations (which would force the creatures to find new habitats and food sources) to senescence, which is an end-of-life stage that causes octopuses to become disoriented and clumsy, to environmental changes. Some also speculate that storms like Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian might be responsible for the creatures' strange behavior.

The mystery hasn't been solved quite yet—but in the meantime, you can watch video of one of New Quay's beached octopuses below, or even lend Jones's rescue efforts a helping hand if you're in the area. (Just remember to bring gloves.)

[h/t The Guardian]

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Bigfoot Is Selling His California Home, According to a Creative Real Estate Listing

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When Bigfoot isn't lurking in the woods, he's apparently reading, baking, and practicing social distancing in his home in the California Redwoods. At least that's what's depicted in a new real estate listing spotted by Laughing Squid. The post also suggests that Bigfoot is looking for a change, and the cryptid's former home can be yours for just under $1 million.

The house for sale at 5649 Hillside Drive in Felton, California, has a lot to offer, with five bedrooms and three baths spread out over 1872 square feet. In case that wasn't enough to entice buyers, the sellers also held a Bigfoot photo shoot to show off the property.

The images featured in the listing show a person in a Bigfoot costume enjoying the secluded sanctuary. According to the photos, he uses the home's ample deck space to play the ukulele and read the paper with his coffee. Indoors, he can be seen reading a book about edible mushrooms, baking cookies, and doing yoga in the workout room. Bigfoot also appears to be obeying his state's social distancing guidelines, with pictures showing him chatting with a friend on a video call and wearing a face mask.

Bigfoot reading the newspaper.
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Bigfoot doing yoga.
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Bigfoot baking cookies.
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Bigfoot reading book.
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Bigfoot on the computer.
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Bigfoot wearing a face mask.
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While this particular property may not be home to a real Bigfoot, the California Redwoods are considered the Bigfoot capital of the world. The region is the site of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, and numerous Bigfoot sightings have been reported there over the years.

If you're interested in living like a sasquatch, you can contact the house's agent through Zillow. The home is listed for an asking price of $999,000.

[h/t Laughing Squid]