One Octopus Thing: This Sweet Documentary Will Steal Your Heart

We may not be able to enjoy movies in the theater right now, but there is no shortage of great nature documentaries to enjoy from the comfort of your home.  One you may not have heard about is called “My Octopus Teacher” — it is the story of filmmaker Craig Foster who was suffering from career burn out and snorkels as a release.  He befriends an octopus in the kelp forest near his home in Cape Town, and remarkably, the fascination was mutual.  The story is beautiful and strange — just like his octopus friend — but it is hard to watch it and NOT feel more connected to the natural world.

And later this week, don’t miss the latest National Geographic Society film called “The Last Ice” — this one about life in the Arctic and how it is changing forever.  Stay tuned for more on that one later this week!

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