For Earth Day, our library showed the documentary, “My Octopus Teacher.” What a beautiful film it was! A diver comes across an octopus in the kelp forests of South Africa. He decides to visit her every day, and they form a bond. Her intelligence is uncanny, especially in avoiding sharks. The sequence of her running from a shark was reminiscent of a Tom and Jerry cartoon! At one point she climbs on the shark’s back to throw it off the trail, and then makes a jump for it in a thick forest of kelp, wrapping herself in thick strands of kelp.
The diver was so affected by his experience with the octopus that he founded The Sea Change Project. You can view the trailer at the aforementioned web site. The film is available on Netflix.