Animals Video

By Katy Gill


A videographer has recorded the absurd moment two octopuses left natural habitats to go for a walk on DRY LAND.

Wildlife videographer and naturalist Aron Sanchez was pleasantly surprised to encounter the two octopus leaving tide pools in Half Moon Bay, California, USA, in January, suspecting they were hunting out a new home or better food.

PICS BY ARON SANCHEZ / CATERS NEWS

In a process called aerial respiration, in order to retain moisture on their skin so that they can breath out of water, the species utilizes their sticky exterior and cover themselves in rocks. 

Eerily slithering over rocks and seaweed, the California two-spot octopus and Eastern Pacific Red Octopus both seem determined to spend as little time out of the water as possible.

Aron, speaking of an action that is natural to the two species, though rarely filmed, said: “It was a pleasant and calming experience to encounter these animals walking on dry land. 

PICS BY ARON SANCHEZ / CATERS NEWS

“If undisturbed, they are gentle and often very inquisitive animals.

“When I uploaded these videos online, people are curious about the animal’s movements out of water, and I receive a lot of positive comments.

Octopuses are known to be the first animals to walk on two limbs without a hard skeleton, with captive octopuses escaping with alarming frequency.