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Alex Schnell And Adam Geiger Discuss Curiosity In Secrets Of The Octopus | EXCLUSIVE

Alex Schnell and Adam Geiger bring to the screen the Secrets of the Octopus. A new three part series from National Geographic narrated by actor and award-winning Paul Rudd. With Emmy winner James Cameron as the producer, who also takes part in the documentary alongside Schnell. 

Secrets Of The Octopus Official Trailer | Courtesy of National Geographic

The Synopsis

Octopuses are like aliens on Earth: three hearts, blue blood and the ability to squeeze through a space the size of their eyeballs. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large James Cameron, the next installment of the award-winning SECRETS OF franchise returns with SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS. The three-part series explores their one-of-a-kind superpowers, extraordinary intelligence, and secret social lives. There is so much more to these weird and wonderful animals that are intelligent enough to use tools, transform their bodies to mimic other animals, and even communicate with different species. Narrated by award-winning actor Paul Ruddand featuring National Geographic Explorer, Wayfinder Awardee and science communicator Dr. Alex Schnell, SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS will bring us closer than ever to these elusive creatures. 

Episode 2 | An island octopus walking on the rocks. (credit: National Geographic/Christian Dimitrius)

It is no surprise to know the marine biologist Dr.Alex Schnell would learn about her passion for wildlife while growing up on the coast of Sydney, Australia. While attending the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom she studied the mechanisms in octopus, cuttlefish and squid. She is an advocate of the belief that once people have an understanding of nature then they will be encouraged to conserve it. 

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Adam Geiger has worn several hats throughout his career. As a director, writer, producer and director of photography. He has worked in projects like Netflix-BBC series Life in Color, Shark Beach, and Nat Geo’s Secrets of the Whales and Limitless with Hemsworth among several other projects. Geiger is known to be one of the best marine filmmakers internationally thanks to comfortable camera work underwater

A Day octopus Epsisode 1 | (Octopus Cyanea) parachutes her web over a coral head, using her arms to forage in the crevices below, while Dr. Alex Schnell observes on SCUBA. (National Geographic for Disney/Craig Parry)

I had the opportunity to connect with Adam Geiger Alex Schnell via Zoom to talk about Secrets of the Octopus. Schnell shared her underwater experience making an octopus friend, Scarlet while filming. While Geiger discussed his experience witnessing it behind camera and how he brought it to life for us as viewers. They both talked about James Cameron taking part in the documentary and much more! 

Nancy Tapia interviews  Adam Geiger and Alex Schnell for Secrets of the Octopus

Secrets of the Octopus premieres April 21st at 8/7c on National Geographic. Followed by all episodes on Hulu and Disney+ the next day. 

Source: LRMExclusive, NatGeo 

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