NAT GEO’S IN­TER­AC­TIVE EX­HIBIT IS LIVE IN NYC’S TIMES SQUARE

THE GREAT DIVE WAY

Scuba Diving - - Currents - BY MELISSA SMITH

Divers ex­pe­ri­ence amaz­ing sights that most can only dream about — now ev­ery­one has the chance to see var­i­ous ma­rine habi­tats and en­counter an­i­mals like sharks, whales, man­tas and even a pair of Hum­boldt squid, thanks to National Ge­o­graphic’s En­counter: Ocean Odyssey. Equal parts ex­hibit, movie and vir­tual re­al­ity, Ocean Odyssey is open to the pub­lic in New York City’s Times Square. The ex­hibit in­cor­po­rates dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, 3D im­agery and a slew of spe­cial ef­fects to evoke an un­der­wa­ter jour­ney from the South Pacific to the North Amer­i­can West Coast — with­out get­ting wet.

While Nat Geo says, “The in­ter­ac­tive en­counter is in many ways bet­ter than the real thing,” the jury is out on whether pseudo-div­ing re­ally ri­vals a day un­der­wa­ter. You can see for your­self: Tick­ets are $39.50 per adult, $32.50 per child.

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