Below the Surface

FilmSaturday, August 4

click to enlarge Reef fish eating algae off a green sea turtle's shell in Deep Sea - © 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
© 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Reef fish eating algae off a green sea turtle's shell in Deep Sea

In the latest underwater IMAX film, Deep Sea, audiences are transported to the world beneath the waves as seen by filmmaker/veteran underwater cinematographer Howard Hall. The footage — taken from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Sea of Cortez, and the Gulf of Mexico — focuses on the ocean's diversity of inhabitants, and offers up-close encounters with such exotic creatures as the sea nettle jellyfish, a gently pulsating golden-brown bell with lacy arms and tentacles abundantly covered with stinging cells; the vibrant, aggressive, fast-moving mantis shrimp-that's-not-really-a-shrimp; the sea monster-looking wolf eel, not a true eel because of its pectoral fins but really a fish with an elongated body; and the furry rainbow nudibranch, a fancy sea slug that makes meals out of the tube anemone's venomous stinging cells tentacles, and then digests the cells and uses them for its own defense. (The tentacles eventually grow back only to be devoured all over again by the nudibranch.) Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet narrate this underwater adventure, which, aside from being a feast for the eyes, also reveals the intricate web of life under the sea. Screenings occur at various times through September 30, Museum of Science and Industry IMAX, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, $9.95 adults/$8.95 seniors/$7.95 children, 813-987-6100

Scroll to read more News Feature articles


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.