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Octopus found stranded in Edinburgh

Octopus (Scottish SPCA)
Octopus (Scottish SPCA)

An octopus was spotted stranded on the sand on the 9th November at Crammond Beach.

A member of the public contacted the Scottish SPCA when they realised the curled-up creature was in trouble.

Animal Rescue Officer Sarah Auldsmith said: “An octopus should only be out of the water for 30 minutes at a time depending on weather conditions so it was very lucky to be spotted when it was!

Octopus (Scottish SPCA)

“When I arrived at the beach a member of public had already managed to move it into a nearby rock pool as the tide was so far out.”

Sarah added: “We wouldn’t advise the public to touch these octopuses as they have sharp beak like mouths which are used to catch their prey of lobsters, crabs and fish, and can also release toxins.

Octopus Scottish (SPCA)

“We’re hopeful that he’ll go out with the next tide.”

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.