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Octopus: Making Contact

Octopus: Making Contact

The octopus is the closest we may get to meeting an alien. They evolved from a common cousin more than 500 million years ago, but are also intelligent creatures with proven problem-solving abilities. So what happens when you invite an eight-legged alien into your living room? This documentary follows marine biologist David Scheel as he tracks his evolving relationship with his own octopus.
Season 38 Episode 1 Length 53:14 Premiere: 10.2.19

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Season 38 Episodes

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The Mighty Weasel

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Wild Florida

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Hippos: Africa's River Giants

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S38 E8 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 11.20.19

Nature's Biggest Beasts

S38 E7 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 11.13.19

Okavango: River of Dreams - Episode 3: Inferno

S38 E6 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 11.6.19

Okavango: River of Dreams - Episode 2: Limbo

S38 E5 Length 53:44 Premiere Date 10.30.19

Okavango: River of Dreams - Episode 1: Paradise

S38 E4 Length 53:44 Premiere Date 10.23.19

Undercover in the Jungle

S38 E3 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 10.16.19

The Serengeti Rules

S38 E2 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 10.9.19

Octopus: Making Contact

S38 E1 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 10.2.19

Octopus Dreaming

Clip Length 01:48 Premiere Date 10.2.19

Baby Cephalopods' First Moments

Clip Length 02:31 Premiere Date 10.2.19

An Octopus' Coconut Home

Clip Length 02:29 Premiere Date 10.2.19

Can a teenager befriend an octopus?

Clip Length 01:57 Premiere Date 10.2.19

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