Jack, Sol and his mum Gabrielle found it.
Jack came running to tell us. We all went over for a look. It was on the beach.
Is it dead or alive? It seems to move a little. It might need to get back to the sea. Should we pick it up and move it into the water? But look! The tide is coming in. It is nearly up to the octopus. We could get buckets of water and pour them over it. But no, the waves are here now and lapping over it. Some people whoosh the water with their boots and their hands to make it wash over the octopus. Like they do for a stranded whale! Is it moving? Yes! No! It's just the waves. I can see its eye, Its eye is open. I touched its suckers on its leg. They stuck to my finger. It looks like a bite out of it. Maybe a shark bite! It is moving! Where will it go? Why was it on the beach? Where is its home? So much to wonder about when you find an octopus on the beach. But the tide is still coming in and we have to go before the water gets too deep . Good bye octopus. Haere ra wheke. I wonder if we will see you again? 19 June 2014 Anne