NORWALK, Conn. – Come have a larger-than-life encounter with one of nature's most awe-inspiring and feared creatures - the shark.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be showing “Great White Shark,” at its IMAX movie theater starting Oct. 11.
“Great White Shark” will have daily showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Nov. 27. The times will change after Thanksgiving. To confirm show times before visiting, call 203-852-0700 or go to the aquarium's website.
“We’ve all seen the great-white documentaries on TV,” said Chris Loynd, the aquarium’s marketing director in a statement. “Experiencing ‘Great White Shark’ on the giant IMAX screen is going to make everything you’ve seen in the past seem like you watched it in a little View-Master.”
IMAX is the world’s largest film format. Outstanding image clarity and the enormous screen size, combined with the aquarium’s 12,000-watt surround-sound audio system, result in an immersive thrill that’s so unique it’s been trademarked: “IMAX is Believing.”
Great white sharks, of course, were thrust into the limelight by Peter Benchley’s 1975 novel “Jaws” and Steven Spielberg’s subsequent blockbuster film. As anyone who watches TV’s “Shark Week” knows, interest in great whites remains high. Locally, with increased attention to the great white sharks off Cape Cod, the timing for the film couldn’t be better, Loynd said.
“No other modern animal may command both our fears and fascination as much as the great white shark,” Loynd said in the statement. “Yet, despite their fame, we actually know very little about them.”
“Great White Shark” unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear in telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. Co-director Steve McNicholas said the film’s mission is to change people’s attitudes toward the great white.
“It’s not the menacing, evil predator it’s made out to be,” McNicholas said in the statement. “It’s simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere.”
The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white.
Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+) and $7 for children (3-12). Discounted tickets for both an IMAX movie and aquarium admission are $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for youths and seniors and $17.95 for children.