BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Starting Friday, October 06, National Geographic together with the New York City officials will be bringing the deep ocean closer within reach. They are doing so through the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.
This is the first entertainment space from National Geographic, and it is set up in Times Square, New York, New York. Nat Geo is presenting this as a “digital underwater dive” that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the ocean but leave “completely dry”.
The Deep Ocean of the Ocean Odyssey
Nat Geo announced from the start that no live animals would be involved in this exhibition. Instead, this virtual ocean would be created through a mix of technology and photography. Photos and animations were used to replicate a series of underwater experiences that play out on screens.
Some of these are even up to 40 feet tall and make use of the latest technological advancements. Namely, the exhibit will be an interactive one, as visitors can induce movement by using hand motions. For example, they could “induce” a sea lion to flip and do tricks by replicating the actions with their hands.
Visitors can walk through a kelp forest maze, and witness a “battle” between two Humboldt squids which will be life-sized and on opposing screen. The grand finale of the tour will see the guests putting on 3D glasses and stepping into a smaller IMAX theater which should resemble a submarine.
In here, they will see some 120,000 fish and even a 50-foot humpback whale. The exhibit will include comments from marine biologists and ocean education exhibits.
This deep ocean adventure on land was created with the help of SPE Partners, the visual effects team behind the immensely popular Game of Thrones.
A ticket for the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey will cost $32.50 for children and $39 for adults, and is estimated to take some 90 minutes from start to finish.
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