As unlikely as it would may seem, a resident of Florida had a close-encounter with an octopus, not on the beach, or in the sea, but as he was trying to park his car in an underground garage.
On his way home from work, Richard Colin from Miami Beach, Florida, wandered around his condominium’s underground garage in search for a parking place. During his search, Colin spotted something strange lying on the floor of the garage.
As he approached the strange object, Colin realized that it was actually an adult octopus, which somehow ended on the floor. Naturally, the man immediately called the building’s security. A couple of security guards placed the stranded octopus in a bucket filled with water and returned it to the sea.
Of course, before called security, Colin photograph the octopus and posted the photos on several social media channels, Facebook included.
This event couldn’t have passed unnoticed by local marine biologists. Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, a marine biologist, working at the University of Miami, saw the pictures and declared that they are not a hoax, but the disturbing result of climate change.
Sealey said that the stranded octopus clearly comes from the waters around Miami City, and she even offered an explanation for the strange occurrence. According to the marine biologist, the octopus was actually seeking refuge inside a pipe.
Since the pipe is now submerged, the octopus sought refuge in it and was probably looking for stuff to eat. Given the fact that the pipe is under water, a high tide might have flushed out its resident, who eventually ended up on the garage’s floor.
The hypothesis is indeed plausible since the Super Moon has caused the waters to rise well above their normal level.
As the marine biologist explained, octopuses generally seek dark spaces, and the submerged pipe was an excellent spot. To its misfortune, another tide flushed out the creature. However, it would seem that thanks to the condominium’s security efforts, the octopus is living and kicking.
The picture posted on Facebook and other social media channels received countless of likes and had been viewed by approximately 100,000 people. However, the picture manages to send a clear and visceral message: we cannot ignore the effects of climate change.
While this may seem like an isolated case, marine biologists have predicted that, in the near future, we will see many stranded creatures such as this octopus.
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