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Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean

Final shows: at 2 p.m. Dec. 12-14.

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Some of the tiniest creatures of the ocean emerge on the biggest IMAX® movie screen in Connecticut in this beautiful new film. “Secret Ocean” magnifies – in the IMAX format, by thousands of times – the unique adaptations and ecological roles of such creatures as sea hares, Christmas tree worms, arrow crabs, basket stars, cleaner shrimp and clownfish. These animals may go unseen by divers and don’t get their own weeks on “Animal Planet,” yet they are vital to the health of a reef system.

Filmed over three years in vibrant marine environments from the Bahamas to Fiji, the first IMAX® movie directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau provides a compelling new look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend.

In gorgeous underwater sequences, audiences are introduced to over 30 species of animals – some no bigger than one inch long – and witness behaviors captured for the very first time, thanks to new filming technologies in ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control.

"Secret Ocean" is narrated by acclaimed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and pairs perfectly with a 3,000-gallon coral reef exhibit – featuring more than 40 species of wildly colorful fish – also opening in The Maritime Aquarium on Sept. 6.

(Showing in 2D, not 3D, at The Maritime Aquarium.)