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Insights about “My Octopus Teacher”

The octopus is a fascinating creature that shows remarkable intelligence, playfulness, and inquisitiveness. We love encountering these animals during our scuba diving UAE trips. The fun part is spotting them in the water. Their camouflage abilities enable them to change color, pattern and even shape to blend in with their surroundings. Sometimes it takes a while before realizing that you are in the presence of an octopus.

Insight into the life of an octopus

If you want a unique insight into the life of an octopus, we recommend that you watch “My Octopus Teacher” on Netflix. It is a great documentary that chronicles the year-long friendship between a man and an octopus. Watching it will open your eyes to the incredible world of an octopus. 

This nature piece, set in a kelp forest off the Western Cape of South Africa, lets you witness the remarkable journey of renowned nature filmmaker Craig Foster as he befriends an octopus. Feeling burned out at work, Foster takes on a much-needed break. At that time, the filmmaker was seeking some form of change to give him a fresher outlook on life. Little did he know that a cephalopod would give him that and much more. 

Feeding curiosity with caution

Octopuses are inquisitive and resourceful animals. These highly evolved invertebrates are considered among the most intelligent creatures in the underwater world. They love to investigate things in their surroundings. Octopuses have a knack for using tools. For instance, young octopuses use various objects they find underwater as a make-shift home or hiding place to avoid predators.

In “My Octopus Teacher”, the creature finds a strange object (Foster’s underwater camera) outside its home. Naturally curious, the soft-bodied mollusc goes out to check the strange thing. Not knowing if the object is harmful or not, it ventures out of its home with caution using a seashell as a shield. It also uses the seashell to camouflage itself. The octopus appeared like a ball of various colors and shapes. How clever! 

Being brave and resilient

Foster finds himself smitten by the underwater creature. The nature enthusiast is mesmerized by the octopus’ cleverness in finding food and resilience in overcoming challenges in life. The filmmaker was devastated when the creature was attacked by a shark resulting in a loss of a limb. The feeling of distraught turned into awe as he observed how his friend recovered with the regrowth of a new arm. Nature is incredible!

Underwater playtime

There’s a scene where the octopus shows its playful side. It appears to play with the passing fish coming from different directions by reaching out to them. The creature was not in a hunting mood but a playful one. 

Getting a hug from an octopus

One of the highlights of the documentary is the “hugging scene”. After winning the trust of the octopus, the creature crawls on the filmmaker’s hand and stays on his chest as if embracing his newfound friend. It’s a touching moment that pulls the heartstrings. You can watch the documentary to see how the story unfolds. 

Octopus encounters 

Choose the scuba diving packages ideal for you and your adventure buddies. Be awed by the beauty of the underwater world and incredible marine creatures like the octopus.


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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