My Octopus Teacher is the Love Affair we all Need Right now
Stop what you’re doing and watch Netflix’s gorgeous documentary “My Octopus Teacher” about a man’s unlikely friendship with a wild octopus.
Filmmaker Craig Foster is burned out so goes swimming in the kelp forests off Cape Town, South Africa to reconnect to nature.
One day he has a sweet encounter with an octopus and he commits to going back every day to observe her. By this time he’s feeling better and filming again so he was able to capture the amazing moment they connected.
“You just get a feeling and you know there’s something to this creature that’s very unusual,” he explains in the documentary. “There’s something to learn here. There’s something special about her.”
Its beautifully filmed and has all the feels - it's heartwarming, heartbreaking, tender and joyful - and I guarantee you’ll find yourself falling in love with the little cephalopod too!
"A lot of people say an octopus is like an alien,” Craig says in the documentary, which is completely narrated by him. “But the strange thing is, as you get closer to them you realise that we’re very similar in a lot of ways.”
It’s extraordinary to see the octopus - a highly antisocial but intelligent animal - reach out a tentacle to connect with Craig in the early days; eventually she trusts him enough to swim to him and 'cuddle' into his chest.
Over the course of a year, Craig mostly observes but also interacts. His footage shows their incredible bond as well as her habits and personality. It's an amazing look into the life of a wild octopus and in the process Craig falls in love with the little creature and with life again - and it's a beautiful thing to witness.
But Craig also learns the fine line between watching versus interfering when a shark hunts the octopus and his first instinct is to protect her.
“What she taught me is to feel that you’re a part of this place, not a visitor. That’s a huge difference.”
Go watch! And maybe cancel the octopus for dinner and have a salad instead. Just saying…