TWO octopuses have a new home at Deep Sea World after they were ink-credibly rescued in Fife on the same day.

The eight-limbed creatures are now in safe hands at the aquarium after the SSPCA were called out to save them.

The animal welfare charity raced to Kinghorn twice on September 19 within the space of a few hours after they became wash up on the beach.

Robert Ward, animal rescue officer, said: "This was certainly a first for me!

"I’ve never been called to an incident involving an octopus before, never mind two in the one day.

“Octopuses can survive on land for 20 to 30 minutes and often crawl between rock pools looking for food.

“Although not seen very often, they are found in UK waters.

"If members of the public spot an octopus on land, normally we’d encourage them to leave the aquatic creature alone as it will naturally make its way to the nearest tide pool.

“However, on these two occasions the octopuses were nowhere near water and coming close to the 30-minute mark.

“I called the local aquarium, Deep Sea World, who advised that as it’s breeding season the octopuses may beach themselves again if released and could die from exposure.

“We decided the best thing for them would be to take them to Deep Sea World where they could be safely housed, as we don’t have the facilities to care for sea creatures at our National Wildlife Centre.

“It was amazing to see these fascinating animals up close and be able to help them.

"After all, we’re suckers for a happy ending here at the Scottish SPCA!"

Michael Morris, Deep Sea World displays supervisor and dive officer, said they were now making themselves at home at the North Queensferry visitor centre.

He said: "The octopuses have settled in well and visitors to the aquarium have been enjoying learning about and observing these unusual creatures."