“An octopus is an alien.”

So starts the narration of the new Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher. In this visually stunning and scientifically fascinating video, filmmaker Craig Foster shares his experience of self-discovery and learning with a female octopus that adopted him off the southern coast of South Africa in the Great Kelp Forest.

Foster tells the tale of how he was very down on his work, and needed something to bring him out of his funk. He says he felt as if his failures and disappointments with his job were bleeding over into his personal life, making him unable to be the father he wanted to be to his son. He needed something to bring him inspiration, so he decided to return to the Cape of Storms area of South Africa, where he grew up. One day, while snorkeling, he came across what appeared to be a pile...

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