The Supermoon Stranded an Octopus in a Parking Garage

Thursday, 01 December 2016 - 3:55PM
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 - 3:55PM
The Supermoon Stranded an Octopus in a Parking Garage
The full moon has long been associated with strange and/or mystical happenings, running the gamut from increased instances of insanity to werewolf activity. So one would only expect that something f*cking weird would happen during the so-called "supermoon." And we were not disappointed, as the most recent supermoon left a hapless octopus stranded in a Miami parking garage.



The picture is all the more unnerving when you realize why this happened (not to mention how much the octopus looks like Cthulhu). It wasn't mysterious moon-related mystical energy, but rather the especially high tides (or "king tides) during the supermoon, caused by the alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun's gravitational forces. As a result of global warming, the sea levels in Florida are rising every year, and now they're high enough that sea animals are nesting in drainage pipes that were originally built above sea levels. Then, the king tides come, and wash animals like this poor octopus into uncharted territory.



Florida is expected to experience increased flooding as a result of climate change in the near future. Miami resident Richard Conlin, who discovered the creature, wrote on his Facebook page (via Live Science) that the flooding in that parking garage has gotten noticeably worse in recent months:

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"This flooding to this extreme is new and gets worse each moon," he wrote. "In the past the floor of the garage would be 'damp' but this extreme flooding is new." He also wrote that there has been "some type of water seepage in the garage" every day for the last six months.
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