Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Five Stories of Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales on IMAX is showing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History now through June 18, 2015. I treated myself to a double-feature not too long ago...and what a treat that was!

Humpback Whales | Image: MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life
Humpback Whales | Image: MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life

I think everyone will enjoy this film, for many reasons. To have a little fun, here are a few geeky connections that contributed to my personally enjoying it:

  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Remember, I'm a huge Star Trek fan!), the crew returns to 1986 (also the year the film was released) to save planet Earth by bringing a pair of Humpback Whales back to the 23rd Century when they're extinct. Whale song plays a role in the saving of Earth.
  • Whale song also plays a surprising role in the movie The Core, starring Aaron Eckhart and Oscar-winner Hilary Swank.
  • Humpback Whales is narrated by Ewan McGregor, who portrays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
  • Having served in the U.S. Navy, it was fascinating to learn the Navy's role in the plight to save the Humpback Whale from extinction--which was a real threat. It had to do with whale song.
While my references are sci-fi related, this film is not at all's a most sobering film, although beautiful and entertaining, about what we know and don't yet know about Humpback Whales...and how horribly close they came to total annihilation, by humans. There are still serious threats to Humpback Whales.

Watch the movie trailer below for a snippet of how magnificent and majestic these creatures are and what a great treat you're in store for, especially when you see it on an IMAX screen!

Humpback Whales is playing on Fernbank Museum of Natural History's 5-story IMAX screen now through Thursday, June 18, 2015. Treat yourself!

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