Ocean currents are the arteries and veins of planet earth. This hidden oceanic circulatory system regulates the climate, shapes our coastlines and feeds the ocean’s biodiversity. Ocean Odyssey 3D takes us on a 1800 mile long adventure down the East Australian Current - made famous by the film Finding Nemo - to discover how currents have shaped our lives, and how their changing character will affect us for generations to come.
The earth’s oceans are home to a complex system of submarine rivers, a vast network of currents that continuously pump water around the globe, circulating every drop of water in the ocean.
Together, these currents form a vital planetary life support system - a system that has regulated the earth’s climate, atmosphere, weather and biological diversity for millions of years.
Ocean currents are responsible for the fish we eat, the rain that feeds our crops, the snow that covers our mountains - even the air we breathe.
Over millions of years the currents have shaped our coastlines and allowed life to flourish in vast areas that would otherwise remain barren.
On a more intimate scale, currents act as a superhighway for myriad creatures, from the tiniest diatom to the largest whale, spreading keystone species to ecosystems that support life both in the ocean and on land.
But the earth’s ocean currents are changing: submarine climate change and ocean acidification are changing the very nature of the sea. As humans add more carbon and pollutants to the system, the ocean capacity to maintain life on earth is reduced.
On the research ship RV Investigator, scientists from all over the world are working on one particularly fascinating flow - The East Australian Current - to help us better understand the effect of our actions on the ocean as a whole.
Jump in the flow with clownfish, plankton and humpback whales for an immersive giant screen adventure that will reveal how ocean currents shape our lives and how their changing character will affect us for generations to come.