Craig Foster, a world-famous filmmaker, began freediving in the freezing waters of the Western Cape of South Africa in 2010. During this time, he suffered from adrenal fatigue and debilitating burnout. So he thought of turning over a new leaf.
Little did he know that an adorable purple-hued speckled octopus would change his life.
When he first met the adorable octopus under the deep blue sea, she was perfectly camouflaged under some seashells.
Foster was amazed by this beauty. So he decided to visit her every day. That is how the Netflix documentary “My Octopus Teacher” came into the world. It depicts the relationship between a cephalopod and a man within a year.
The film revolves around a developing friendship between two totally different species, which is very rare. Foster is very patient in proving that he is not a threat. It takes a long time to earn her trust. But when he did so, she leaped into his hand and latched onto it playfully.
Although he knows that the relationship won’t last because octopuses only live for about 1-2 years, he still visited her every day.
Foster sees this misunderstood creature as a mentor, someone who teaches him valuable life lessons and empowers him to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. He observes her through a passionate eye, rather than from a scientific one.
It’s a documentary that is more like a love story. He even introduces his son to the cephalopod.
Foster still remembers he saw her playing with a school of fish. As soon as she saw Foster, she rushed towards him and latched onto his chest as if she were hugging him. Even though their friendship lasted for a short time, she never ceased to amaze him.
Foster stated after her death that he fell in love with her and the marvelous wildness that she represented and how it changed him.
Below is the official trailer
The documentary, ‘My Octopus Teacher,’ available on Netflix since September and has already won several awards.
Octopuses are ocean creatures with soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusc of the order Octopoda and bulbous heads. There are about 300 various recognized species. They grouped within the class Cephalopoda with squids, cuttlefish, and nautiloids.
An octopus has three hearts, nine brains. Yes, you heard right, three hearts and nine brains, and that’s not all; they have blue blood. Two of the hearts pump blood to their gills, and the third circulates it to the rest of its body.
They squirt ink to hinder predators.
As they are boneless, they can squeeze in and out of tight spaces.
Octopuses are quite intelligent and seen using tools.
In the news and on social media, we hear of many more unique friendships between man and animals. It is so heartwarming to hear of these friendships. I wish it would happen to me.
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Featured image is not the original octopus from the movie.