The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale will set the scene for the premiere of Blue Whales: Return of the Giants, beginning on January 26. The first giant-screen film on the subject, the film was produced by Oceanic Films in collaboration with Howard Hughes Medical Institute Tangled Bank Studios and SK Films, and funded by the National Science Foundation. The museum is one of only a few Florida theaters with screens large enough to display life-sized blue whales.
Blue Whales: Return of the Giants introduces audiences to the endangered blue whale, a species not widely understood despite being the largest animal that has ever lived on our planet. The film shows stunning footage of blue whale feeding habits, long-distance communication, and mother-calf relationships captured during two expeditions. The first focuses on the search for a missing blue whale population near the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, while the other follows marine biologist Diane Gendron, also known as the “Blue Whale Whisperer,” in the Gulf of California to observe whale families.
Narrated by award-winning actor Andy Serkis, scored by Academy Award-winner Steven Price, and presented in 3D, Blue Whales will immerse audiences in the ocean alongside the massive blue whales and other species such as dolphins, sperm whales, sea lions, and orcas.
The documentary also features research from local marine biologist Jeremy Kiszka, professor of biology at Florida International University in Miami. Kiszka studies the ecology and behavior of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in tropical marine ecosystems around the globe, particularly in the Caribbean, along the coasts of Florida, and in the Indian Ocean.
Blue Whales: Return of the Giants is included in the MODS Discovery Pass, an all-in-one ticket that includes exhibitions, live science demonstrations, and one IMAX documentary film. For tickets, visit mods.org/tickets; for showtimes, visit mods.org/showtimes.