Octopi Invade Wales

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Countless octopi have been storming the beaches of wales over the past few days, which scientists suspect may be the result of (surprise, surprise) climate change.Brett Stones posted a video of the eight-legged critters to his Facebook page, where it’s exploded, in part, because… well… dozens of wiggly, tentacle creatures wandering around local beaches with no direct explanation is a little weird.According to the BBC and Newsweek, Stones has been as stunned as anyone. He’s an area native and has lived there for his whole life. Even so, he says this is unnerving.“[I’ve] seen it occasionally after a storm,” he said, adding “to see that many coming out of the water is unusual” and that it resembled “an end of days scenario.”Indeed, stories of bizarre animal migrations or population swells can feel distinctly unnatural — and in many cases they are. It leaves an unsettling feeling, like they know something that we don’t.“They are very secretive and spend much of the day hiding only to come out to feed at night, on their favorite food of crabs,” Curator of the National Marine Aquarium James Wright told Newsweek. “Octopus out in the day and in the intertidal zone suggest there is something wrong with them, I am afraid.”Wright notes that this is probably fallout from the twin storms Ophelia and Brian. The storms battered the English isles earlier this year, killing several and causing more than a billion dollars in damage and lost productivity. These storms (Ophelia in particular) were unusual because hurricanes and similar large storms don’t tend to hit the Northern Atlantic. Ophelia was the easternmost hurricane ever recorded, too.This aligns with what many climate scientists have been saying — that as waters in the oceans get warmer, storms will get bigger and more unpredictable.“This account of a number on the same beach though is quite odd, but them even being found in the intertidal is not common,” Wright said. “As the areas where they are exhibiting this odd behavior coincides with the two areas hit by the two recent low pressures depressions and associated storms of Ophelia and Brian… It could simply be injuries sustained by the rough weather itself or there could be a sensitivity to a change in atmospheric pressure.”Wright adds that these octopi are pretty common. Locally, this species (Eledone cirrhosa) is known as the “curled octopus.” They’re common at night, and usually at depths requiring scuba gear, but with their homes disrupted and some sustaining injuries, they’ve done their best to adapt. Unfortunately, that ends with many of them stranded on the beach.Stones and others have been collecting the invertebrates from beach fronts and carrying them back to the water — namely the end of a pier so they can get back to the right depth.  If you’re in the area and want to help over the next few days, volunteers have been openly welcomed. You’d be putting a swift end to a cephalopod invasion, and helping out some creatures that might other not otherwise survive. Good all around!Except for the Earth. It is still quite screwed.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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