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