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Actor Alan Alda’s podcast features New England Aquarium octopus author Sy Montgomery


Alan Alda and Sy Montgomery handle an octopus in a touch tank
Alan Alda (left) at the Aquarium with author Sy Montgomery (right) CREDIT: Vanessa Kahn/New England Aquarium

BOSTON, MASS. (March 31, 2020) – Renowned actor and popular science podcaster Alan Alda stopped by the New England Aquarium to meet the Giant Pacific Octopus, Ruddy, with Sy Montgomery, author of the national bestselling book, “The Soul of an Octopus,” for his podcast being released today.

“I had the best time meeting Ruddy at the New England Aquarium,” Alda says in his “Clear + Vivid” podcast introduction. “I think she liked me because she seemed pretty interested in pulling me into the tank with her. The wonderful science writer Sy Montgomery introduced me to Ruddy and to other wonders at the New England Aquarium.”

“Clear + Vivid” is a podcast that features conversations with celebrities and scientists about connecting with others. At the Aquarium, Alda was interested to hear from Montgomery about how octopuses see, hear, feel, eat, and communicate with humans. Alda also asked Montgomery about her work with a range of other animals.

Here is a five-minute video link showing some of the visit:

An MP3 file is also attached and/or available.

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