Welcome to a world unlike any other, a world that has been called the "soul of the sea". Whether you are a diving enthusiast, love to snorkel in the sea, or are simply fascinated by all things in the ocean, Coral Reef Adventure, produced by MacGillivray Freeman, is a treat not to be missed.
Coral, a living animal, depends on a certain type of algae to survive. The algae utilize photosynthesis to provide energy, or food, for the living coral. When the environment changes, corals will lose their color, it is known as "coral bleaching". And bleaching, if prolonged can be fatal. Coral bleaching became a global issue when it was first observed on coral reefs in the South Pacific by underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall.
Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of the Halls. The Halls guide you to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti, and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs. You'll feel like you're diving and exploring right alongside them.
The film captures unprecedented, mesmerizing underwater images of beauty as well as sobering images of reefs in decline. Using innovative and groundbreaking techniques, the Halls plunge to daring and record-breaking depths, taking the notoriously cumbersome camera deep in the open ocean. There are colorful coral formations, scads of fish schooling and darting about, animals that are shy and hiding, and others that are very curious.
Now imagine what the prolonged destruction of the living coral would mean to those living upon it? Not only would there be environmental loss, the fish they depend on for food would be gone too. What took hundreds to thousands of years to build could be wiped out in, what could be considered, the blink of an eye. Coral Reef Adventure isn't just about eye-candy, it is also educational!
The ocean, with the myriad of life it supports, is full of surprises. The NMNS's IMAX Space Theater once again welcome the public to enjoy one of the world's awe-inspiring experiences via its giant, semi-spherical dome screen and heart-thumping surround sound system.
- Release Date: November 1, 2014
- Runtime: 45 min.