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The Octopus

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 October 2013

By Anita Sullivan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have eight legs, no bones, and skin that changes colour?

Hester is a Marine Biologist seeking to discover what it means to be an octopus. When she's called in to help the local aquarium try to breed two Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO), she uses the opportunity to carry out a social recognition experiment. Can an octopus recognise an individual human being? As Hester delves deeper into questions of cephalopod consciousness, she develops an attachment with 'Monster' - the male GPO.

"Four-hundred million years ago, when we shared the ocean, I was a bony fish, a prototype. But you... were already you. An octopus. Now I stand here, human. Confounded by you."

A strange and compelling journey into the mind of an ancient creature.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.


Amy Manson
Riann Steele
Ronan Summers
Aled Pugh
James Robinson
Anita Sullivan


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