Humpback Whales 3D is an extraordinary marine adventure into the mysterious oceanic life of one of the world's once endangered and most awe inspiring mammals of the deep. I had the pleasure of an invitation to the preview at IMAX Darling Harbour.
I was in awe of the exceptional imagery that has been captured by veteran filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and his expert camera crew. The effect of IMAX 3D filming has showcased these beautiful whales in their natural habitats in larger than life form and the 15,000 watts of digital surround sound brings you intimately close to the reality of Humpback Whales.
Narrated by Actor Ewan McGregor, the film begins taking you to the islands of Tonga where you learn about the history of the whales, how whaling nearly made them extinct and how they still face dangers today. See whales leaping high, breaching the ocean's surface and gliding with grace and beauty in the clear turquoise waters of South Pacific to Africa, Hawaii, and Alaska.
This ocean adventure allows you see these majestic creatures in action, showing how they are the most acrobatic of whales. See spectacular leaps, tail thrashing with deadly force. See how dedicated the scientists have been studying the complex vocalisation of their singing noting changes and gaining some understanding of their language. Also see the desperation and danger that rescuers go through in trying to save whales entangled in nets.
Discover the behaviour of whales, how they capture their feed of krill with clever bubble traps. See images of mothers caring for their babies. Learn how the male whales court the females and what lengths they go to in their quest to prove they are her fittest match.
The 3D capture on a huge screen will create the illusion that you are swimming alongside them in the underwater paradise. With the use of computer graphics you will experience a feeling of reality as the water foams and swirls around you with giant humpback whales singing, playing and eating.
The 45 minute long movie instantly captures your attention as you face the larger than life 3D images of a Humpback Whales. I could almost feel the salty sea spray as I watched 40 tonne whales did acrobatic leaps, twirls and lunges in their oceanic paradise.
This is an exceptional movie that all ages can enjoy and no doubt will inspire a new breed of ocean life enthusiasts so check it out.
Here is a glimpse of the movie
Ticket fees: Adults: $23.00, Child: $17.00 Concession: $19.50, Family
Booking details: Please note that when you go online to book, IMAX only show available sessions just over a week in advance. Also due to the popularity of this film they will be showing sessions right through to the end of the year. So you will have plenty of opportunity to see it. Click here for Session times.
How to get there:
By Train: You can travel by train to Town Hall and walk down Druitt or Bathurst St and over the footbridge to IMAX. From Central Stn, walk through Chinatown and Darling Harbour to IMAX.
By Car: Drive and park for a flat daily rate of $14.00. Click here for parking details, don't forget to get your parking ticket validated at the box office.
By Ferry: Ferry to King Street Wharf, or the express Matilda Ferry from Pier 26 Darling Harbour, near the Aquarium, to Circular Quay.
By Bus: Jump on Sydney Explorer bus, it will drop you right out front of IMAX.