In 2010, Craig Foster took up scuba diving in a kelp forest in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. One day, while swimming about, he came upon a wild octopus that pulled off an unbelievable camouflage trick. Curious, he started diving daily to get to know the octopus better. This film documents the time they spent together.
The film was released on September 4th, 2020. It came to Netflix on September 7th of the same year.
My Octopus Teacher contains examples of:
- An Arm and a Leg: The octopus loses one of her tentacles to a pyjama shark she's hiding from. Luckily, it grows back.
- Chameleon Camouflage: The octopus has the ability to disguise itself as part of its environment. It uses this frequently to hide from pyjama sharks.
- Interspecies Friendship: The film is about one between Craig Foster and an octopus.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Not the octopus itself, but its predator, the Pyjama Shark.