Sunday, 7 July 2013

How did an octopus get to the top of England's highest mountain? Mystery after cephalopod is found 978m above sea level on Scafell Pike

Dead sea creature found by litter pickers near summit of Lake District peak
Initially thought the octopus was a child's glove puppet

May have been scooped from the Irish Sea by a bird and dropped

They are typically found floating in the ocean's depths - so just how did this octopus end up 978m above sea level at the peak of England's tallest mountain?

A team of litter pickers carrying out a clean-up on Scafell Pike were left baffled when they came across the body of a dead octopus nestled on the rocks close to the mountain's summit.

Mystery surrounds the manner in which the dead sea creature came to land on the lofty perch in the Lake District - with some suggesting the cephalopod was dropped by a bird after being scooped up from the Irish Sea.It would have taken a powerful bird to haul the octopus - which measured around 10 inches from the top of its head to the tip of its tentacles - so high in the air.

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