Humpback Whales beach at MOSI's IMAX Dome

For years, humpback whales have been a mystery to scientists. No one knows why they are the “most acrobatic of all whales,” why they “sing their haunting songs,” and why they often migrate 10,000 miles every year — until now.

Audiences of the new film Humpback Whales will get a never-before-seen view that shows how these whales communicate, feed, sing, play, and care for their young. This film will only be shown at The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), on one of the largest movie screens in the Bay area.

“Whales are awesome animals,” Director Greg MacGillivray said of the magnificent creatures, “and since they are among the largest animals to ever live on earth, there is no better subject for audiences to experience life-size on the giant screen.”

Humpback Whales, narrated by Ewan McGregor, is described as “an immersive ocean adventure” for all ages, and will give the audience a one-of-a-kind look into the lives of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic animals. The film will blend vivid music, stunning footage, and scientific curiosity to create a unique perspective never before seen by man.

The film follows the history of the humpback whale. Audiences will encounter the whales' struggles and triumphs. “Once feared as monsters” by humans, whales have made a remarkable comeback from being hunted to near-extinction several centuries ago. “They are critical to the ecological health and survival of the ocean,” said MacGillivray.

However grand Humpback Whales may be, this isn't the director's first attempt at a larger-than-life nature documentary. Critically acclaimed hits like The Living Sea, Dolphins, and Everest were also directed by MacGillvray, earning him two Academy-Award nominations.

Humpback Whales is the third film to be produced under MacGillvray Freeman's One World, One Ocean series, following after To The Arctic and Journey to the South Pacific. 

Audiences should prepare to be transported “into [the whales'] mysterious world for a close-up look at how truly remarkable these animals really are,” executive producer Tennyson Oyler, the VP of Brand Management for Pacific Life.

MOSI is now showing Humpback Whales at MOSI's Florida Hospital IMAX Dome Theatre. The film's run time is 40 minutes. More information about the film can be found at  


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