Dolphins and Whales 3D: An Unforgettable Experience

We were very excited to attend the world premier event of Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean last week in Boston. As we previously reported, the film is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Daryl Hannah, so we couldn't wait to put our 3D glasses on.

The evening started with a cocktail party amongst the penguins and fish in the New England Aquarium. We were served hors d' oeuvres and champagne while mingling with filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello, Jean-Michel and Daryl. After toasting to the film's powerful message and, of course, the cast of 12 species of cetaceans, we stepped into the IMAX theater.

This is when the fun began We were taken on an emotional journey with never-before-seen footage of small and large animals and their natural habitats. We were dazzled by how close we were to to wild dolphins and Humpback, Orca and Fin whales — we felt like we could reach out and touch them. The details of the barnacles, markings and especially coming eye-to-eye with one of the largest creatures on Earth fascinated us and we couldn't agree more with Daryl when she stated: "Looking into the eye of a whale is like looking into a human soul." We witnessed a day in the life of a West Indian manatee, a gentle creature that we learned is on the verge of extinction, and explored the social interaction of Beluga whales and Bottlenose dolphins. It was disturbing to hear that with warming waters and pollution that these animals are endangered and are fighting for their survival.

What we enjoyed the most, was that Dolphins and Whales 3D was filmed completely underwater. We learned during the Q&A; session that they filmed for three years, it took 12 expeditions and most of the filming was done by free diving due to the animals being scared of the bubbles associated with scuba diving. The Mantello brothers stated that they are new to the industry, but their talents were remarkable. Even with a crew, a strenuous 600 hours of diving, in what was many times strong winds and bad seas, was needed to get just 42 minutes of film. But they are passionate about raising awareness for these amazing animals and wanted us to become ambassadors that evening to help protect dolphins and whales. They wanted us to spread the word, to help them to survive and to thrive.

See the upcoming showings and move clips at ::Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean.

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