Whales, Sharks & Things In The Dark

September 1st, 1992 - February 28th, 1995 | PROJECT

WHALES, SHARKS & THINGS IN THE DARK - A 70MM IMAX FILM is the first science museum and aquarium film in the 70MM large-screen format to present the diversity of life in the oceans in a science context. Through a unique collaboration of a national environmental education group, a leading non-profit science center, and with the co-operation of a federal agency, the project's main objective is to convey to a general and school- age audience a view of the richness and range of life in the underwater realm -- from the deep sea creatures to whales and sharks and other marine life. Narratively, the film will proceed through the water column and selected food webs, showing the relationships in the complex skein of life--including human. The audience will be guided by explorers and role-model scientists, such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, an enthusiastic and well- known oceanographer, and three other sets of characters involved in marine science and exploration. The content will highlight a range of scientific disciplines, including marine biology, engineering, geology, physics, and oceanography, and it will shed light on the entire study of the oceans as a career path, and as an area for further investigation. Accompanied by a educational package delivered and supported by all three groups, this film will have wide impact, reaching a projected 8 million U.S. viewers within two years.

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Team Members

Christopher Palmer, Principal Investigator, National Audubon Society
David Clark, Co-Principal Investigator, National Audubon Society
Leighton Taylor, Co-Principal Investigator, National Audubon Society
Paul Hanle, Co-Principal Investigator, National Audubon Society


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9253377
Funding Amount: 796831


Audience: General Public | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Engineering | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Films and IMAX | Media and Technology