Sighting of octopus in Eastern Scheldt for first time in 65 years

Two Flemish divers recently encountered the animal and took photographs. It is the first time in 65 years that a common octopus has been sighted by man in the Eastern Scheldt in the Netherlands.

Common by name, but certainly not common by nature in the waters off the shores of the Low Countries. Nature website Nature Today says that the octopus has not been encountered in Dutch coastal waters since around 1950. It was near the Zeeland Bridge near Zierikzee in the Netherlands that the Flemish divers snapped the animal at a depth of 16 metres last summer. The photos have now been analysed by the Dutch natural history museum Naturalis in Leiden.