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    Incredible moment an octopus ‘WAVES’ at a family after playing with them in a rock pool – just like the mollusc in hit Netflix documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’

    • Footage was taken from Caves Beach, near Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney
    • The octopus was in a playful mood, interacting with a number of children
    • Friendly octopus was just like the mollusc in Netflix hit ‘My Octopus Teacher’

    A friendly octopus won the hearts of a family recently after ‘playing’ with a group of enchanted children at a popular Australian beach.

    The clip, uploaded to Newsflare, is from Caves Beach near Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. 

    It follows the family feeling collectively inspired to see an octopus in the wild after watching the hit Netflix documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’.  

    The octopus (pictured) was happy to swim just metres away from a bunch of fascinated kids

    The kids were inspired to see an octopus in the flesh (pictured) after they were captivated by Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher

    The kids were inspired to see an octopus in the flesh (pictured) after they were captivated by Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher

    ‘After watching ‘My Octopus Teacher’ recently on Netflix for homeschooling, our encounter with this octopus was one of the most meaningful experiences we’ve ever had,’ they said via the NewsFlare website.

    ‘The octopus was darting in and out from under its rock with the kids watching for a good 15 to 20 minutes, keeping them engaged.’ 

    My Octopus Teacher is a widely popular 2020 Netflix Original documentary directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, with Craig Foster the producer.

    The award-winning film, released last month, captures a year Foster spent free diving at the tip of South Africa.

    In the documentary, Foster eventually wins the trust of a mollusc octopus after tracking her daily movements for months at a time.

    He even witnesses her mate and then eventually die, which Foster believes allowed him to connect deeper with his own sense of humanity.  

    My Octopus Teacher: a synopsis

    *Is a 2020 Netflix Original documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. It stars Craig Foster, who also produced the film

    *The award-winning film took ten years to make, with filming commencing in 2010

    *In one scene, the female octopus loses an arm after it was attacked by a pyjama shark. The mollusc then retreats to her den to recover, and the arm regenerates

    *Debate continues to rage globally in relation to the authenticity of the remarkable documentary

    *The general lifespan for an octopus is between three and five years 

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