OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT – The scoop on the new PBS documentary – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Octopus touches its reflection in glass tank. Anchorage, Alaska from NATURE - OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT| ©2019 Passion Planet/Quinton Smith

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with documentary filmmaker Anna Fitch, Dr. David Scheel, his daughter Laurel Scheel, they talk more the PBS: NATURE film “Octopus: Making Contact,” airing Wednesday, October 2. The discussion includes both the octopus Heidi, who spent a year in a huge tank in the Scheels’ living room, and octopuses in general. AX: Regarding the life span of an octopus, there was another documentary where the implication was that octopus mortality in the wild is that something happens to physically exhaust them – in the case of females, it’s often giving birth – and that […]Read On »

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OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT – The scoop on the new PBS documentary – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Octopus hanging at water surface reaching towards the camera. Anchorage, Alaska in NATURE - OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT ©2019 Passion Planet/Quinton Smith

PBS NATURE’s film “Octopus: Making Contact” airs on Wednesday, October 2. The documentary, from director Anna Fitch, examines a number of aspects of the octopus, including its singular evolution: unlike vertebrates, the sea creature has evolved with its esophagus in its brain. “Octopus: Making Contact” also visits Octopolis, in a bay off of Australia’s Sydney Harbor, where normally solitary octopuses live in a colony. (Octopi, it’s explained during a PBS Q&A session for the program, is a Latin affectation adopted by some scientists in the early twentieth century; it’s not necessarily the right word for more than one octopus.) Mostly, […]Read On »

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