Deeper un­der the sea

Guardian Express - - WA MARITIME MUSEUM -

AN im­mer­sive un­der­wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ence is com­ing to WA Mar­itime Mu­seum, Fre­man­tle, for the sum­mer hol­i­days.

Thanks to the lat­est dome the­atre tech­nol­ogy, you will be able to jump aboard the mini-sub­ma­rine Odyssea as it ex­plores one of the great­est mega reefs on the planet – Nin­ga­loo Reef.

The Nin­ga­loo Reef is a vast coral high­way stretch­ing along the north­west coast of WA. So large it can be viewed from outer space, this rich ecosys­tem also at­tracts both the largest fish on the planet and some of its small­est.

The new 180-de­gree dome the­atre at the mu­seum will bring you closer to this nat­u­ral won­der without get­ting wet.

Vis­i­tors will wit­ness this unique and di­verse ecosys­tem, in­clud­ing the an­nual mass coral spawn­ing and the in­ter­con­nected ar­rival of the big­gest pop­u­la­tion of whale sharks.

Thanks to the clar­ity of im­ages, one of the planet’s great­est nat­u­ral events will sur­round view­ers.

One night each year, driven by the March full moon, the en­tire coral reef spawns in mass syn­chrony – a daz­zling and psy­che­delic mid­night phe­nom­e­non.

The ad­ven­ture cul­mi­nates with the ar­rival of larger-than-life an­nual vis­i­tors to the reef.

Au­di­ences will get to me­an­der through the reef’s turquoise wa­ters along­side whale sharks, the ma­jes­tic gen­tle giant of this un­der­wa­ter par­adise.

“The WA Mar­itime Mu­seum is bring­ing some amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to Fre­man­tle thanks to in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and amaz­ing lo­cal part­ners,” di­rec­tor Ja­son Fair said.

“Nin­ga­loo fol­lows our re­cent suc­cess with the Antarc­tica vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence and we are sure Nin­ga­loo will also be a big hit with vis­i­tors who want to ex­pe­ri­ence stun­ning places they may never nor­mally get to visit.

“It’s a great fit with the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum, which tells sto­ries of our amaz­ing WA coast­line.”

This world pre­miere ex­pe­ri­ence opened on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29, at the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum for a short five-week sea­son and tick­ets are ex­pected to sell fast. Choose from a 25minute ex­pe­ri­ence, or a 45minute full-length fea­ture.

Per­fect for the school hol­i­day sea­son, this unique ex­pe­ri­ence is suited to vis­i­tors of all ages.

The film was cre­ated by Pros­pero Pro­duc­tions of Fre­man­tle in part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional distrib­u­tor BIG & Dig­i­tal.

For tick­ets, visit mu­seum.wa.gov.au/nin­ga­loo.

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