It’s narrated by acclaimed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and pairs perfectly with a new 3,000-gallon coral reef exhibit – featuring more than 40 species of wildly colorful fish – that opened Sept. 6 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.
Filmed over three years in vibrant marine environments from the Bahamas to Fiji, the first IMAX® movie directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau provides a compelling new look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. In gorgeous underwater sequences, audiences are introduced to over 30 species of animals – some no bigger than one inch long – and witness behaviors captured for the very first time, thanks to new filming technologies in ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control.
“Secret Ocean” magnifies – in the IMAX format, by thousands of times – the unique adaptations and ecological roles of such creatures as sea hares, Christmas tree worms, arrow crabs, basket stars, cleaner shrimp and clownfish. These animals may go unseen by divers and don’t get their own weeks on “Animal Planet,” yet they are vital to the health of a reef system.
“Since the 1940s, the Cousteau family has been deeply connected to the water. Several generations have grown up with our Calypso adventures, which revealed to the public what was a totally unknown world at that time,” Jean-Michel Cousteau said in a statement.
“Thanks to the new technology developed specifically for us, I immediately understood that this was a revolution in underwater filming that would allow us to capture a whole new range of behaviors I had never before witnessed in my 69 years of diving. ‘Secret Ocean’ takes us one step further in the discovery of the ocean in a way my father, Jacques Cousteau, could have only imagined.”
Diving alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Cousteau provides a new view of the underwater world that will leave audiences in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have seen for the first time, or re-discovered along the journey.
“Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” is produced by Ocean Futures Society & 3D Entertainment Films, and distributed worldwide by 3D Entertainment Distribution. It was written by Pamela Stacey. Gavin McKinney served as director of photography. Dr. Richard Murphy was the chief scientific advisor. The original musical score was written and performed by Christophe Jacquelin.
One IMAX movie is included with admission to The Maritime Aquarium, which is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+), and $15.95 for children (3-12). Kids under 3 get in for free. Learn more about the IMAX movies (even view trailers), exhibits, programs, study cruises and special events – and purchase advance tickets – at www.maritimeaquarium.org. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com