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Dive deep into the octopus's world, unraveling its secrets and adaptations.


The octopus is one of the most amazing and intelligent animals around. Watch excerpts from the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher as you explore the complex adaptations of this fascinating cephalopod. In the documentary, a filmmaker tells the story of his friendship with an octopus in a kelp forest off South Africa and shares some of the secrets he discovers about the animal’s world. Students will learn about the habitats where octopuses live and about the survival mechanisms they use, including the ability to change color and camouflage themselves as a rock, a patch of algae or a part of a coral reef. After learning about octopuses, students will create a kelp forest environment inspired by the film and design different camouflage patterns that an octopus could use to hide there.

What You Will Learn


Explore how octopuses live and learn about their amazing adaptations

  • Understand how animals adapt to their environment so they can eat, sleep, hunt and protect themselves.
  • Gain an understanding of the unique adaptations of the octopus.
  • Learn how octopuses use color-changing and camouflage as survival strategies.
  • Discover how octopuses are able to make meaningful connections with humans.

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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

Course Number: MARI-90060
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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