A family discovered a “giant” octopus stranded on Washington’s muddy coastline and asked for help.
When rescuers arrived on the beach on March 15th, giant pacific octopus Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is far from the water in Bay View State Park in Skagit County, said a Facebook post.
The video shows a giant sea creature twisting in a tidal flat as one of the education centers pours a bucket of water over it.
The tide was receding when the creature was stuck.
“This octopus wasn’t making much headway because it weighed too much outside of its normal aquatic environment,” the group said in a post.
However, a family visiting the beach from Vancouver, British Columbia, came across an octopus and reported it.
Agency employees were then able to place the octopus in a container and return it to the water.
“We can only speculate how it got stranded on the beach. Perhaps the tides stunned it,” the group said.
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