Beaches in northern Portugal were littered with dead octopi for a stretch of 5 miles. The cause of these deaths is yet unknown.
There was also a case of a 20 ft. octopus washing ashore in the Bahamas on January 19. This particular animal´s death has not been linked to the dead octopi in Portugal but if more show up dead, the remains will be tested for the cause.
This is not the first case of dead animals. So far, 2011 can boast of being the year that small animals all over the world have been dying in massive numbers. Brazil has reported over two million fish washing shore.