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Movie/Documentary My Octopus Teacher

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by 12th Man, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. 12th Man

    12th Man Registered

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    Not sure where to put this but I'll start here.

    Netflix has a incredible movie/documentary called My Octopus Teacher. It's filmed in the South America cape. This photographer free dives every day with an octopus for nearly a year. They form an amazing bond during this time. He watches as a shark takes one of it's tentacles s and documents how it grows back in 100 days. His film covers her mating and eventual death after her off spring are born.

    It's an amazing documentary, my wife and I loved it.
     
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  2. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    South Africa.
     
  4. mmerriman

    mmerriman Captain

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    interesting doc. however I felt he had an unhealthy relationship with the octopus...
     
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  5. Wibble

    Wibble Contributor

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    An absolutely delightful documentary. Superb filming and a real education. That sense of horror when she was attacked by the shark. All filmed, allegedly, by a freediver.

    Highly recommended.
     
  6. Doctorfish

    Doctorfish Contributor

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    I thought the cinematography was excellent but I am skeptical about some of the content and how it was filmed.

    Many of the scenes were prolonged and included the protagonist, which suggests that someone else was doing the filming while on Scuba. I also found it a stretch with respect to some of the emotions attributed to the octopus.

    I do however think it was still a beautiful documentary.
     
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  7. Silt Life

    Silt Life Regular of the Pub

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  8. Wibble

    Wibble Contributor

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    His son was mentioned as taking some of the footage.

    Do agree that it looked far too professional. I really enjoyed it, and enjoyed it again when I watched it a few days later with the wife.


    There was another documentary, something like "My life with the octopus" which was a guy who put a large fish tank in his home with an octopus. He, I believe, was recently divorced and his daughter wanted a puppy. As dad was a marine biologist, he outranked her to get the octopus. They both enjoyed its company.

    It used to squirt them if it was annoyed!

    It too was a sweet and pleasant documentary.
     
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  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    His profession was as a film maker, so I'd expect a more professional video than what I'd produce with my GoPro.
     
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  10. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

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    I wish it were more octopus and less filmmaker angst, but a lot of the shots were amazing.

    The octopus riding the shark is unforgettable.
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