Octopus stranded in US parking garage due to supermoon's king tide

The octopus had likely washed out of pipes underneath the Miami parking garage.
The octopus had likely washed out of pipes underneath the Miami parking garage. PHOTO: RICHARD CONLIN/FACEBOOK

MIAMI - An octopus made a surprise appearance in a parking garage during last week's supermoon event.

A photo of the eight-tentacled creature splayed on the floor of the garage was posted by Facebook user Richard Conlin on Nov 14.

According to marine biologist Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, who was interviewed by the Miami Herald, the octopus had likely washed out of pipes underneath the garage.

This was caused by a king tide - an extremely high tide event that occurs twice a year when the moon is closest to the Earth - that was amplified by the recent supermoon.

 

The South Florida coast had reportedly experienced enhanced tidal flooding last week.

Professor Sealey, who teaches at the University of Miami, said residents in the Miami state area could expect to see more sea creatures as rising sea levels push ocean water further inland.

A recent study found that tidal flooding in Miami beach had increased 400 per cent since 2006.