Dozens of Octopuses Seen Out of Water Crawling Along Welsh Coast

Brett, who runs dolphin tours in Ceredigion bay, told the BBC: 'It was a bit like an end of days scenario.

"They won't survive out of the water", he added, explaining that he and others gathered about 25 of the octopuses and put them back into the water to keep them alive.

Local residents said they were baffled to see the creatures come out in such large numbers at New Quay beach in western Wales.

Residents said they saw the curled octopuses, usually found deep below the water, three consecutive nights on land. It happened again the following day, and then yet again for a third straight night.

Recent storms may have disrupted their normal behaviour on the sea bottom or the attentions of predators such as dolphins may have forced them to head for the beach.

Numerous octopuses were found in the intertidal zone, the area of the beach where the tide comes in and out.

However, the phenomenon, according to the curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, James Wright, is quite odd and it is likely that something is wrong with the octopuses.

The 39-year-old suggested the octopuses could be confused by the bright lights of New Quay harbour, dying off after summer or, "getting knackered after the recent storms".

'It could simply be injuries sustained by the rough weather itself or there could be a sensitivity to a change in atmospheric pressure. Still, it's weird that they've only started to do this now.

"We have got lobster pots and sometimes octopus will strip the bait, but they are very sneaky".

Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, a number of the octopuses were found washed up on the beach on Saturday morning.

A beach in Wales has seen an invasion of octopuses after dozens of them made their way out of the water and onto dry land.

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