Wild ocean adventures

It was a wild night  last Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History as the National Aquarium in Washington teamed up with the Smithsonian attraction to premiere the latest IMAX phenomenon, Wild Ocean 3D.    The National Aquarium’s Director of Biological Services, Andy Dehart introduced the immersive, underwater 3D voyage to South Africa, as a captivated audience witnessed the journey of beaching whales, feeding sharks, diving gannets and massive bait balls during their annual migration along the Kwa Zulu Natal Wild Coast. 

The 40-minute adventure captures the annual trek that has been vital to the region’s “circle of life” for countless generations, both at sea and on land.  It is also one that has been threatened by climate change and over fishing. feeding aCR 10598 for blog

Andy Dehart added his own personal experiences in witnessing the circle of life first hand, and his many up close and personal experiences with sharks and thousands of other marine life species.

Do you have any stories of upclose encounters with marine life? If so, please share them with us on our blog! At the Aquarium, we get to experience marine life as a part of our every day jobs and many staff members are often out exploring the oceans, but we’d love to hear how other people have experienced the wonders of marine life. So please share!

3 Responses to “Wild ocean adventures”


  1. 1 Lee October 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    When I went snorkling in the Florida Keys, I came upon a loggerhead sea turtle swimming on the bottom. I was suprised that it did not swim away. Intead, it looked at me for a while; curious to see a strange object it it’s world. Then after two minutes he swam off. This experiance was my favorite from the entire trip.

  2. 2 National Aquarium October 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Lee. It’s great to hear that you saw a healthy loggerhead turtle swimming about!


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