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‘Oceans: Our Blue Planet’: IMAX film reveals secrets and fragility of the ocean and its amazing creatures

October 12, 2018

Have you ever seen a barreleye fish? It has a transparent head so it can look up through its skull. What about a deep-sea “yeti” crab? These crabs have hairy white arms on which they farm bacteria to eat.

You’ll meet such creatures and more, including familiar animals such as dolphins and sea otters, in “Oceans: Our Blue Planet.” This new movie, featuring larger-than-life encounters with fascinating inhabitants of the ocean, can be seen on the six-story IMAX Theater screen at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet, the 41-minute movie transports audiences from coral reefs in warm tropical waters to the surprisingly populated deep black sea.

Viewers will be introduced to a cunning octopus, as well as an ingenious tuskfish, whose use of a tool to feed was previously believed to be beyond the ability of fish, the aquarium said.

There’s also a scene showing a pod of dolphins passing down knowledge to a young calf. Winslet points out that “even ocean creatures we already knew were smart are continuing to surprise us.”

In kelp forests, the balance of nature plays out as sea urchins - which can ravage kelp - are kept in check by hungry urchin-eating sea otters, the aquarium said.

“Oceans: Our Blue Planet” even takes viewers to the Arctic, where it shows how shrinking ice caps are creating new challenges for such animals as walruses and polar bears.

“Just as we’re beginning to understand the sophisticated lives of sea creatures, so we begin to recognize the fragility of their home,” Winslet says. “There has never been a more crucial time to continue this journey of discovery because our future too depends on a healthy blue planet and who knows what other secrets are out there, waiting to be discovered.”

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St. Daily, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. One daytime IMAX movie included with aquarium admission: $24.95 adults; $22.95 seniors (65+); $17.95 children (3-12). IMAX movies free for members. Also on IMAX, “Backyard Wilderness,” 12 p.m.; “Pandas,” 1 p.m., 3 p.m. See website day of visit to confirm times. 203-852-0700, maritimeaquarium.org

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