MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: An octopus is seen on November 13, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Following the Victorian government's easing of COVID-19 restrictions on indoor entertainment venues, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium opened to the public on Friday with capacity restrictions and extra health and safety measures in place. Guests now have allocated time-slots to visit, physical distancing between groups is encouraged while hygiene screens in various areas and extra cleaning processes have been introduced. All visitors aged 12 and above ale also required to wear face masks.

In the video, posted to Facebook, you can see the octopus moving parallel to the beach.

Its an octopus! Not often seen within the park, this small octopus was spotted swimming near the beach on the sound-side of the barrier island on Friday (11/18/2022). What a cool little animal!Video description: video has no narration, only sounds are ambient sounds of the wavelets breaking on shore.Video credit: NPS video/Jon Altman

Posted by Cape Lookout National Seashore on Saturday, November 19, 2022

“It’s an octopus! Not often seen within the park, this small octopus was spotted swimming near the beach on the sound side of the barrier island on Friday (11/18/2022). What a cool little animal!” The Seashore wrote in the caption for the video.

This is the second sighting of an octopus off the North Carolina Outer Banks in just the past week or so. Yahoo News reports, that a post to a private Outer Banks Facebook Group showed photos of a live octopus found in a seashell at Frisco Beach. The animal in those photos is much smaller than the one caught on video. Which means there are multiple octopuses swimming close to the shore these days. As with any animal, if you encounter one, observe from afar and let it go about its day.

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This Is Why North Carolina Is Such A Naturally Beautiful State

We can all most likely agree that North Carolina is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the country. Here we are lucky enough to have both the beach and the mountains, with many lakes, forests, and other natural wonders in between. But it’s not just us. The United States is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And thanks to its massive size, and expansive landscape. Some people of course fall in love with the hustle and bustle of the cities. But many others prefer to immerse themselves in the natural wonders. And with such a diverse landscape, each state has its own natural beauty. But there are some states that just got dealt an even better card when it comes to nature.

With this in mind, our friends at Booking.com analyzed each state to reveal which has the most natural beauty. To do this they looked at the number of volcanoes, mountains, shorelines, national parks, state parks, inland water, and waterfalls each state has to offer. While these things aren’t all of what can make a place like North Carolina naturally beautiful, they are a way to quantify it. And NC did make the top 10! There are some gorgeous places included on this list. Do you agree with it? Keep reading to see the top 10 naturally beautiful states.

  • 10. Utah

     

    Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT.

    View of Delicate Arch sandstone rock formation at Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah, 1960s.

    Miles of Shoreline: 0

    Number of State Parks: 47

    Number of Volcanos: 7

    Number of Waterfalls: 99

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 8

    Number of National Parks: 5

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 2,727

     

  • 9. Maine

    Portland

    Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape on Portland Harbor.

    Miles of Shoreline: 43,478

    Number of State Parks: 40

    Number of Volcanos: 0

    Number of Waterfalls: 485

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 0

    Number of National Parks: 1

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 4,537

     

  • 8. Virginia

    Virginia

    Blackwater Falls State Park

    Miles of Shoreline: 3,315

    Number of State Parks: 45

    Number of Volcanos: 3

    Number of Waterfalls: 186

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 0

    Number of National Parks: 1

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 3,285

     

  • 7. North Carolina

    Grandfather Glows

    The Mile-High Swinging Bridge in fog, at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.

    Miles of Shoreline: 3,375

    Number of State Parks: 36

    Number of Volcanos: 0

    Number of Waterfalls: 885

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 1

    Number of National Parks: 1

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 5,201

     

  • 6 (TIE). New Jersey

    New Hampshire

    Golden sunrise over the beach at Pearl Sreet in Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island

    Miles of Shoreline: 1,792

    Number of State Parks: 32

    Number of Volcanos: 1

    Number of Waterfalls: 67

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 0

    Number of National Parks: 0

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 1,368

     

  • 6 (TIE). Alaska

    A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley

    DENALI NATIONAL PARK, AK – SEPTEMBER 1: A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska.

    Miles of Shoreline: 33,904

    Number of State Parks: 124

    Number of Volcanos: 101

    Number of Waterfalls: 336

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 65

    Number of National Parks: 8

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 94,743

     

  • 5. Oregon

    Oregon

    Miles of Shoreline: 1,410

    Number of State Parks: 198

    Number of Volcanos: 42

    Number of Waterfalls: 1,616

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 4

    Number of National Parks: 1

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 2,391

     

  • 4. New Hampshire

    Fall Foliage

    NORTH CONWAY, NH – OCTOBER 17: Trees sport colorful leaves as a river flows past October 17, 2005 near North Conway, New Hampshire. The fall foliage season has gotten off to a slow start with the trees being still green in many spots and in others the leaves have been removed from the trees by more than a week of rain and wind.

    Miles of Shoreline: 135

    Number of State Parks: 55

    Number of Volcanos: 2

    Number of Waterfalls: 361

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 1

    Number of National Parks: 0

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 397

     

  • 3. California

    Instagrammable Waterfalls

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 11: A view of Yosemite Falls on June 11, 2020.

    Miles of Shoreline: 3,427

    Number of State Parks: 282

    Number of Volcanos: 28

    Number of Waterfalls: 1,056

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 9

    Number of National Parks: 9

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 7,916

     

  • 2. Washington

    Washington State

    Mount Rainier with little snow in summer and the Port of Tacoma.

    Miles of Shoreline: 3,026

    Number of State Parks: 144

    Number of Volcanos: 19

    Number of Waterfalls: 3,132

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 7

    Number of National Parks: 3

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 4,842

     

  • 1. Hawaii

    Honolulu

    Beautiful rainbow over the Hawaii skyline

    Miles of Shoreline: 1,052

    Number of State Parks: 60

    Number of Volcanos: 25

    Number of Waterfalls: 543

    Number of Mountains 5,000 Ft Or Taller: 5

    Number of National Parks: 2

    Areas of Inland Water (Sq Miles): 4,509