my octopus teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.

programme information


1 x 90'

Production Company

A Netflix Original Documentary In association with Off the Fence & The Sea Change Project

Executive Producer

Ellen Windemuth



Episode Information

My Octopus Teacher is the story of award-winning Producer/Director Craig Foster, who, after years of swimming daily in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end, he wins the animals trust and they develop a unique bond between human and wild animal. Featuring never-before-seen behaviour and heart wrenching scenes, Craig captures the life of a wild sea creature in a manner that has not been done before. The film was directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed and filmed by award-winning natural history cinematographer, Roger Horrocks.

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