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Natural history film festival returns to Santa Barbara County

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Discover Wonder: The Octopus Garden
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A film festival of natural history documentaries returns to Santa Barbara County this weekend

Festival back after being disrupted by pandemic.

After an absence last year because of the pandemic, the NatureTrack Film festival returns to the Santa Ynez valley on Saturday.

John Dutton wrote, directed and edited Discover Wonder, The Octopus Garden - one of the nature documentaries – playing at the festival.

"This particular film takes place at incredible depths, two miles below the ocean, " he told KCLU.

"Incredible pressure. There's no light, it's almost freezing and yet there are animals down there that function.

"They function is a very other worldly way," explained Dutton.

"I think here's always been a fascination with octopus and the general public because they are highly intelligent and highly adaptable," he said.

Details of films playing at the festival can be found here.