The Outer Banks of North Carolina is home to various animals who live on the sandy shores and those who call the ocean home. Spotting any of the magnificent animals is a treat, but many pass by unseen.
However, the eight-limbed mollusk known as the “master of camouflage” for being able to change its skin color and texture was recently spotted swimming in shallow water along the shore.
Cape Lookout National Seashore posted a video of the elusive animal and wrote, “Its an octopus! Not often seen within the park, this small octopus was spotted swimming near the beach on the sound-side of the barrier island on Friday (11/18/2022). What a cool little animal!”
The video has gone viral with over 11K views. The rare sight has captured the attention of people near and far.
While octopuses are common along the coast, they are not usually seen. The unusual behavior had some viewers concerned, but park officials reassured viewers that the octopus was alive.
One person suggested that the recent drop in temperature of the water may have stunned the octopus causing the odd behavior.
Another viewer urged people to be cautious when picking up conch shells as many marine animals use them for homes, including octopuses. “Watch those conch shells too! They are not always empty…”
Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile-long stretch of the Outer Banks comprised of undeveloped barrier islands. The only way to visit is by ferry or personal boat. Learn more about the park here.
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8 Fascinating Facts About Octopuses
- Have been around for 330 million years
- Have blue blood
- Most intelligent invertebrates in the world
- Have six arms and two legs
- Spray ink as a defense mechanism
- Have three hearts
- Are boneless and can squeeze into small cracks and crevices
- Excellent sense of touch
Intrigued? Learn more fun facts here.