by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, "Deep Sea 3D" transforms
viewers into fearless undersea explorers from the first moment
a wave washes over the audience and the camera dips below the
surface of the water to reveal a vibrant world of coral-filled
seas inhabited by myriads of strangely beautiful and oddly fierce
Visitors are captivated
as a mantis shrimp attacks its prey with the force of a 22-caliber
bullet and witness the rarely observed, once-a-year, nighttime
spectacle of coral spawning in the Flower Garden Banks National
Sea 3D” features nine different ocean locations from
Hawaii to British Columbia and transports viewers to the exciting
world of undersea life as the spectacular 3D effects allow
moviegoers to feel as though they are actually swimming alongside
some of the most awesome, dangerous and colorful creatures
in our world’s watery wonderland.
Sea 3D” enables moviegoers to experience the underwater
world in a way never before achieved through the 3D experience.
Advanced technology and filming techniques allow viewers to
feel as though they are actually swimming with these incredible
creatures (except, of course without having to get wet).
sea “stars” of the film may look very familiar
to Aquarium-goers. The grunts, reef fish, sea stars, sea turtles,
sand bar and sand tiger sharks, rays and eels in “Deep
Sea 3D” also can be seen face-to-fin at the Aquarium.
“Deep Sea 3D”comes to life as you witness these
animals in their Aquarium environments – especially
during October’s Thrills
With jagged, razor-like teeth and a body length of up to 10
feet, the sand tiger shark looks menacing. However, in “Deep
Sea 3D”as well as in its home at the Tennessee Aquarium
the sand tiger is one of the least aggressive sharks known
to humans. It has extremely durable skin that allows it to
hunt in reefs such as the Flower Garden Banks. This tough
skin enables it to dig deep inside the extremely sharp edges
of the coral without injury to itself. You can see four sand
tiger sharks in the Secret Reef exhibit in the Aquarium’s
Ocean Journey Building.
Octopi are invertebrates related to the squid and chambered
nautilus. A giant Pacific octopus may weigh up to several
hundred pounds and have an arm span of more than 30 feet.
They eat crustaceans and mollusks. The giant Pacific octopus
has the ability to change its color to blend with its surroundings.
They use this camouflage to protect themselves from predators
but they also may defend themselves by expelling a stream
of ink while it jets off in the other direction. Octopi have
three hearts that pump blue blood and these fantastic animals
can be seen in “Deep Sea 3D” and in the Aquarium’s
gallery, Boneless Beauties.
Although typically thought of to be a slow-moving creature
the green sea turtle can swim at speeds up to 19 miles per
hour! This animal breathes through its skin. They are able
to tolerate very low levels of oxygen and can remain under
water for up to three hours at a time. Unlike land turtles,
the sea turtle cannot draw its legs and head into its shell
but it does have very leathery skin to protect itself. A female
may nest more than once per season and can lay up to 300 eggs
in a single nest! Two sea turtles call the Aquarium home with
a 250 pound male living in the Secret Reef exhibit and the
other, a newly rehabilitated turtle, living in the Gulf of
Corals are tiny animals and each individual is called a polyp.
Coral gets its color from the microscopic algae, or zooxanthellae
that live within the coral’s tissue. Coral reproduces
itself by spawning. This occurs once a year in the Flower
Garden Banks eight days after the full moon in August. The
beauty of the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico featured
in the film also can be experienced up close and personal
at Ocean Journey where the same reef system has been duplicated
in the Secret Reef exhibit. This reef system was duplicated
using man-made materials because removing a living reef would
be extremely damaging to the environment and would destroy
this fragile ecosystem.
images from this film: http://www.tnaqua.org/Newsroom/Photo_library.asp
& Gills: http://www.tnaqua.org/VisitorInfo/thrills_gills.asp