New IMAX Explores Creatures Of The Deep

February 27, 2009

Dive into the underwater world of one of nature’s most sophisticated, yet endangered, predators when Sharks 3D opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Wortham IMAX Theatre on March 13. Swim alongside these giants of the ocean on an around-the-globe expedition documenting their life, and learn about the need to protect these animals.


Presented by Jean-Michael Cousteau and 3D Entertainment in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, Sharks 3D is a new 3D adventure that offers audiences an up-close encounter with this marine species. Come face-to-face with a multitude of sharks, including the Great White, Hammerhead and Whale Shark.

Sharks 3D opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Wortham IMAX Theatre on March 13.

Sharks 3D opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Wortham IMAX Theatre on March 13.


“Watching Sharks 3D is like pulling on a diving suit and swimming weightlessly with sharks all around. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s really like to dive with sharks, this film is certainly a must-see,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society. “You can witness them as they truly are in their natural habitat—not wicked man-eating creatures, as they are far too frequently depicted in modern feature films, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals that have been in existence since a million years before the dinosaurs.”

Honed to perfection by 400 million years of evolution, these creatures ruled the sea long before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Explore the bottom of the ocean with the biggest fish on earth and witness a feeding frenzy first-hand to learn about one of nature’s most dominant species.

Principal photography on this fascinating film required an extensive nine-month shoot totaling 500 dive hours. It was shot on location in Guadalupe Island; Socorro Island; Revillagigedos and the Sea of Cortez (Mexico); Malpelo Island (Colombia); the Red Sea (Egypt); Sodwana Bay (South Africa); Inhambane (Mozambique); San Diego (USA); and Rangiroa Atoll (French Polynesia).


“I sincerely believe that Sharks 3D, while entertaining audiences, delivers a strong and compelling argument for shark conservation by shedding new light on the urgent need to protect these animals,” said director Jean-Jacques Mantello. “Ultimately, the film’s purpose is to lead people to think differently and positively about sharks. As many fellow conservationists have stated before, we protect only what we love. Therefore, we first need to understand what sharks are really like before there can be a change in public perception. Then perhaps we will begin to protect them.”

Tickets for Sharks 3D are $10 for adults; $8 for children (3-11), seniors (62+) and students with a valid college ID; and $6.50 for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, visit or call 713-639-4629.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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