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Dolphins and Whales 3D – Tribes of the Ocean Coming to IMAX
Dive Into This Inspiring Adventure Beginning Friday, May 23rd

Dolphins and Whales Chattanooga, Tenn. (May 8, 2008) – Huge images of a humpback whale filled the IMAX 3D screen as a theater filled with elementary students collectively said, “Ooooh!” Giggles and squeals of excitement burst forth from the group as a pod of friendly dolphins appeared to swim into their laps. Many children reached out to touch the dolphin’s face that seemed to be smiling back at them. Within seconds, “Dolphins and Whales 3D” had already become an unforgettable experience for this young audience at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
Young or old, people are emotionally drawn to these magnificent animals even though most people will never have the opportunity to see them in the wild. “Less than 1% of human beings have had the incredible opportunity to visit the underwater world,” said Daryl Hannah, the actress and environmentalist who narrates the film. “With this beautiful family adventure projected onto IMAX 3D screens, viewers will don their 3D glasses much in the same way we put on our diving masks and can virtually touch some of the most incredible marine animals in existence.” 

“Dolphins and Whales 3D” marks the first time that humpback whales, belugas, orcas, bottlenose dolphins and manatees have been filmed in 3D for the world’s biggest screens at IMAX theaters. The filmmakers spent over 600 hours underwater shooting footage in some of the world’s most remote locations. In all, eleven different cetacean species are featured in the film as well as the West Indian manatee.

Unlike previous IMAX films, “Dolphins and Whales 3D” was shot entirely in the wild and consists solely of underwater footage, with no humans on screen. Filmmakers Jean-Jacques Mantello and Francois Mantello, the film’s director and producer respectively, say that was the only way to tell a captivating and important story. “’Dolphins and Whales 3D’ will immerse viewers in the daily lives of small and giant cetaceans as they interact socially, play, communicate, feed, breed, migrate and fight for their survival,” said the Mantellos. “It also delivers a powerful message in favor of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources.”

The filmmakers have enlisted Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau to serve as ambassador and special adviser to the film. Cousteau believes that “Dolphins and Whales 3D” will be entertaining while moving audiences to consider ways they can help ensure the preservation of the world’s oceans and its inhabitants.

"Our goal with ‘Dolphins and Whales 3D’ is to have you fall in love with the tribes of the ocean. We will take you on a journey into the world of dolphins and whales with the help of the twelve marine mammal species featured in our film. You will learn all about their lifestyle and physical characteristics, and their vulnerability to an ever-changing environment,” said Cousteau. “As the only species that can protect all living things, we have a moral obligation to better understand our counterparts in the sea because deep down inside we know that if we cannot protect them, we cannot protect ourselves.”

“Dolphins and Whales 3D” opens at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater Friday, May 23rd.


The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $19.95 per adult and $12.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $8.50 per adult and $6.00 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $25.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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