Preview | Octopus: Making Contact - About

Premieres Wednesday, October 2 at 8|7c on PBS (check local listings.)

Follow an Alaskan professor as he raises and studies a day octopus in his home, making remarkable discoveries about its extraordinary intelligence, personality and skills. Octopus behavior has fascinated humans for centuries; their unique shape and skillsets often provide the inspiration for extraterrestrials in science fiction. New in the world of cephalopod research is the extent to which these intelligent animals are individual personalities – able to recognize faces and interact with other individuals – all of which is an odd adaptation for an animal thought to live an asocial existence.

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- [Narrator] This is the closest we'll get to an alien on Earth.

Octopuses couldn't be more different from us, but is a connection possible?

- You look at them, and you feel like they're looking back.

That's not an illusion, they are looking back.

- [Narrator] One man will find out.

He'll bring an octopus into his home and introduce her to the family.

- Well, now she's filming me.

Hi, Heidi.

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