02/07/2013 13:52 BST | Updated 02/07/2013 13:54 BST

Octopus Found On Scafell Pike, England's Tallest Mountain, During Litter Pick

A fresh octopus has been found dead near the top of England's highest mountain.

The pasty-white, limp carcass was discovered by a team of volunteers on a litter pick last month, reports the outdoor-focused website, Grough.

Mountain walks leader Dave Ascough, told the BBC: "My first reaction was that someone might have carried it up there, but it's quite possible a bird could have brought it up there."



Scafell Pike forms part of the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Britain's three highest mountains - with Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales - in under 24 hours.

It is doubtful a cephalopod mollusc has ever successfully completed the challenge and the discovery is a reminder - if you were needing one - that octopuses are tragically ill-equipped for hiking.