Friendship has no limitations. Be it a cat or a dog; tiger or a gazelle, bonding is an instinctive call for every being alive. And this time, forming the bond were Craig Foster and a wild octopus.

South Africa’s top wildlife, culture, and anthropology film-maker, Craig Foster released a Netflix documentary “My Octopus Teacher” in September 2020. The show featured Craig’s journey to an underwater forest where a curious young octopus captured his attention.

While you may know his underwater life, what was his life like outside the surface? Get to know more about Craig Foster as this wiki-style article proceeds.

Biography — Age, Birthday, Zodiac

Craig Foster’s age is speculated to be somewhere around the late 40s and early 50s in 2020.

Information on his birthday wasn’t available. Thus, his zodiac couldn’t be established either.

Did u know octopus have a relatively short life span? They may live as little as six months while some giant species live up to 5 years.

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Craig Foster Wiki — Parents, Siblings, Nationality

Born in South Africa, Craig Foster held an African nationality.

He grew up in a bungalow not far from the ocean. As you can imagine, living near the coastline, Craig spent his childhood hunting crabs, rockfish, and shells.

Reportedly, he was baptized in the icy-cold water of the kelp forest and was able to dive into the ocean by 3.

Talking about his family, Craig was born to African parents and raised alongside his sibling, Damon Foster.

Also, Craig’s brother, Damon is a director like him as well. They often worked together, telling stories of Africa and its ancestral content.

Furthermore, the siblings have over 25 years of experience in the business and have won over 50 national and international awards.

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Craig Foster Height, Weight, Distinct Features

Mentioning his distinct features, Craig is a handsome man with brown eyes. He wore glasses and had slightly blond hair.

Furthermore, Craig Foster stands at the height above 5 feet 10 inches (177.8 cm) and weighs under 87 kg (191.8 lbs).

Social Media Reach: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

As of September 2020, Craig had no social media presence.

However, with his rising popularity, Craig may soon appear over Instagram to promote his show.

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Craig Foster Net Worth, Career, My Octopus Teacher

Craig Foster’s net worth wasn’t exactly confirmed in 2020. However, it was speculated to be beyond $900 thousand then.

As for his career, unable to find the right mentorship in False Bay, Craig left to Kalahari where he learned the art of survival from the San bushmen (an indigenous tribe of southern Africa).

Training for years, Craig learned how to track animals and documented his journey entitled “The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story“.

Also, Craig went on to make several documentaries after that. Mentioning some of them are — Africa Unbottled (2001), Cosmic Africa (2003), Wild Walk (2010), My Hunter’s Heart (2010), The Animal Communicator (2012), Touching the Dragon (2013), and Dragons Feast (2014).

Talking about his 2020 Sea Change Project titled “My Octopus Teacher”, the show featured Craig and his octopus friend. Stumbling upon the octopus as he was free diving, Craig kept track of her movements every day for months. Then he slowly earned the animal’s trust over time and developed an unlikely relationship.

If you don’t know about the Sea Change Project, its an awareness program to point the environmental significance of South Africa’s kelp forest. Also, it was co-founded by Craig and Ross Frylinck.

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Craig Foster Ex-Wife, Present Spouse, Kids

In 2020, Craig Foster was living in on a hillside at False Bay with his present spouse, Swati Thiyagarajan.

Reportedly, the duo married on December 21, 2012, in an Indian style wedding.

Here’s a picture of them as they get wed in an Indian ceremony.


Swati Thiyagarajan and Craig Foster on their wedding (Source: Swati’s Facebook)

However, Swati is his second wife.

In “My Octopus Teacher“, Craig’s kid with his ex-wife comes to light.

His son, Tom assisted with the development of the documentary by composing tracks and working on the audios of the show.

Also, Craig shared that he was wanting to foster a better relationship with his kid, Tom Foster. And the timing couldn’t be any better to bond than the father-son working together.

Short info on his wife, Swati Thiyagarajan — she is an environmental journalist who worked for NDTV for over 20 years. Also, she is an author originally from India.

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