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Dive In to 'Secret Ocean 3D' at Pacific Science Center

Famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau's new film finds beauty at the bottom of the food chain

Published on: September 19, 2016

Jean-Michel Cousteau's 'Secret Ocean 3D'
Jean-Michel Cousteau's 'Secret Ocean 3D' plays at Pacific Science Center | Photo credit: Pacific Science Center

Jean-Michel Cousteau is once again exploring the mysterious and spectacular ocean, in his new movie, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D. The movie clearly exemplifies Cousteau’s devotion to educating people about our planet’s oceans and the magical underwater world that lies there. 

The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth, and we humans have only explored 5 percent of that 70. Cousteau has obviously recorded the most beautiful of the aquatic animals and wildlife that we know of. He has captured some of the most elegant, colorful and spectacular creatures of the underwater world. One of Cousteau’s main purpose of this film is to educate the audience about the importance of smaller animals, corals and plankton, and show that they can be just as interesting and spectacular as big mammals such as sharks, dolphins and whales. 

The movie introduces viewers to the nuances of the plankton, coral and other tiny organisms closer to the bottom of the food chain. They need protection as well.

This movie includes more than 30 different species including: snails that eat a special type of algae to avoid being eaten, squid, octopi, small fish, grouper, crabs, sea cucumbers, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, plankton, the most exquisite coral and more.

Most of the attention for protecting animals is directed towards protecting the mammals, which are at the top of the food chain. Through the movie, he introduces viewers to the nuances of the plankton, coral and other tiny organisms closer to the bottom of the food chain. They are essential to a healthy ocean and need protection as well.

The movie gave me a new perspective on aquatic life. I am a scuba diver, and love immersing myself in the ocean. This movie provided a much more interesting and intriguing view than my own scuba diving experiences. The film contains gorgeous spectacles that are so minute the naked eye cannot see them. I have seen some of the aquatic wildlife that is in the movie, and it looks completely different than what it looks like in real life. Although it is nice to feel the comfort of the water against my skin, the intimate views provided by the movie are remarkable.

Overall, this movie is a fantastic movie for all ages to enjoy. It contains over 30 species of the most beautiful creatures in the underwater world. The film does not focus on the animals at the top of the food chain, like large mammals, but it does express and show the beauty and the importance of the animals on the lower end of the food chain. Also, the music is graceful and elegant. Every aspect of the whole film is satisfying. Lastly, if you see the movie in IMAX or 3D, the experience is substantially better. I would highly recommend this movie for all ages and any person who enjoys nature or adventure wilderness films. 

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