Randy Butcher of Harbor kicked off the new year by spotting this octopus stranded briefly on Sporthaven Beach. Butcher said he spotted the creature around 4 p.m. after the ocean receded, leaving it stranded in a small tide pool.” It crawled out of one pool to get to another and then swam out to sea,” Butcher said. “ It was probably on shore for a little less than a minute.”

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