This little octopus (a mere three inches, including arms) was struggling on the beach Monday afternoon. I don’t know why it washed ashore, though part of one arm was missing – perhaps an attack by a predator?
Quick aside, did you know that the correct plural of octopus is octopode? Octopi is incorrect since you can’t Latinize a Greek word. But back to our little guy, I used a nearby shell to scoop it up safely and toss it out in the surf. Good luck, little one!