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Wild Ocean 3D Swirls onto the Giant IMAX screen Feb. 26th

2/16/2010 10:52:28 AM

Wild Ocean 3D is an action-packed, inspirational film featuring billions of sardines and the acrobatic animals that feed upon them. Bottlenose dolphins, seals, penguins, diving birds, sharks and whales join in the feeding frenzy. The 3D experience on the six-story screen places audiences in the middle of this incredible natural event where it’s EAT – or get eaten. Selected by Earthwatch Institute as Film of the Year for 2009, Wild Ocean 3D is a timely and uplifting film that celebrates the richness of life in our oceans.

                                                 A dolphin enjoys a sardine meal.

Chattanooga, Tenn. (February 16, 2010) – Action-packed and inspirational are words used by critics to describe Wild Ocean 3D, the new underwater adventure opening at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater on Friday, February 26th.

 

Wild Ocean 3D transports audiences to the waters off the scenic Wild Coast in South Africa. The fast-paced action of one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles takes place along the rocky shoreline of KwaZulu-Natal. Viewers will come face to face with billions of sardines and the acrobatic animals that feed upon them. Bottlenose dolphins create superpods, thousands strong, to track down the huge shoals of fish. Seals, penguins and diving birds, like cape gannets, join in the annual feeding frenzy. Sharks sense the action and join the hunt, at times accompanied by humpback whales.

 

The 3D experience on the giant, six-story screen places audiences in the middle of this incredible natural event where it’s EAT – or get eaten. According to D.J. Roller, the film’s director of underwater photography, seeing the IMAX footage is just as thrilling, but not as dangerous as actually filming from inside the middle of the feast. “Believe it or not, the sharks weren’t the worst part,” said Roller. “Their skin is rough like sandpaper and it would grab my wetsuit and sort of spin me around when the sharks would bump into me. But they were after the fish, not me.” Roller was more concerned with cape gannets, large seabirds that dive into the water at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. “They plunge into the water from 40 or 50 feet above the surface and end up diving about 30 feet down,” Roller said. “Apparently as we exhaled underwater, our bubbles rising in the water looked like sardines to the birds above. They would slam into our head and shoulders with their pointed beaks. Fortunately no one on our team was seriously injured, but it did cause a high level of anxiety.”

 

Selected by Earthwatch Institute as Film of the Year for 2009, Wild Ocean 3D is a timely and uplifting film that celebrates the richness of life in our oceans. The film also chronicles the economic and cultural impact of the marine environment and how South Africans are leading efforts to protect ocean resources.

 

Wild Ocean 3D debuts on the six-story IMAX screen on Friday, February 26th.

 

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