Officials can only speculate as to why the octopuses appeared on land. The area was hit by storms Ophelia and Brian earlier in the month, according to the Telegraph.
"This account of a number on the same beach is quite odd," James Wright, curator at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, told the Telegraph. "But them even being found in the intertidal is not common and suggests there is something wrong with them, I am afraid. As the areas where they are exhibiting this odd behavior coincides with the two areas hit by the two recent low pressure depressions and associated storms of Ophelia and Brian, it could be supposed that these have affected them. It could simply be injuries sustained by the rough weather itself, or there could be a sensitivity to a change in atmospheric pressure."
Whatever the reason for them coming ashore, Stones knows it’s an exceptional sight.
“It is really rare to see them,” he said.