Dive Deeper

New Imax un­der­sea ad­ven­ture opens Fri­day

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Gaz­ing into the Se­cret Reef ex­hibit at the Ten­nessee Aquar­ium is as close to scuba div­ing as many vis­i­tors will ever get.

But be­gin­ning Fri­day, May 25, guests will be able to delve deeper when “Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet” pre­mieres at the Ten­nessee Aquar­ium Imax 3D Theater, 201 Ch­est­nut St.

This new Imax film takes au­di­ences on the un­der­sea ad­ven­ture of a life­time. Us­ing OceanX’s re­search ves­sel, the Alu­cia, as the base of oper­a­tions, film­mak­ers hop­scotch from the frigid wa­ters of the po­lar re­gions to the brightly lit trop­i­cal wa­ters of the Indo-Pa­cific.

As the jour­ney pro­gresses, view­ers are drawn into an un­fold­ing story of the beauty and fragility of the ocean and its in­hab­i­tants.

A pod of Indo- Pa­cific bot­tlenose dol­phins, leap­ing for joy through the surf, kicks off this jour­ney from the coastal shal­lows to deeper, more mys­te­ri­ous worlds. One of the first stops is a vi­brant co­ral reef. Al­though these un­der­wa­ter cities cover just 0.1 per­cent of the ocean’s sur­face area, they are a vi­tal aquatic habi­tat that houses one-quar­ter of all known sea crea­tures.

View­ers will f eel as though they’re scuba divi ng among t he world’s most amaz­ing reefs along­side the BBC Earth f ilm crew that pro­duced this un­der­wa­ter film.

Dur­ing one mem­o­rable scene, view­ers will watch as the no­to­ri­ously in­tel­li­gent oc­to­pus gath­ers shells and rocks in

its suck­ers, creat­ing a “suit of ar­mor” to pro­tect it­self from sharks and other preda­tors.

“Oceans 3D’s” ad­ven­ture also rises above the waves to cap­ture mo­ments with crea­tures such as po­lar bears, wal­ruses and sea ot­ters.

Film­mak­ers make an un­prece­dented de­scent in a pair of sub­marines to cap­ture the first footage of erupt­ing meth­ane vol­ca­noes on the sea floor. The six-story Imax screen will be filled by basketball-sized bub­bles as they shoot out of the sea bed al­most a halfmile under wa­ter.

“Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet” will air daily at noon, 4 and 6 p.m. in the Imax.

Ticket prices are $11.95 for adults and $9.95 per child. Aquar­ium/ Imax combo tick­ets are $ 37.95 adults and $26.95 for chil­dren.

Pur­chase tick­ets on­line at www.tnaqua.org/ i max or by phone at 1-800-262-0695.

BBC EARTH I MAGES

An or­ange-dot­ted tusk­fish holds a clam in its jaws on the Great Bar­rier Reef near Aus­tralia.

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