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Posted by Lauren Hertel on Wednesday, December 2 2015


Meagan Jones

The latest marine adventure by Greg MacGillivray, dean of Imax ocean films, celebrates the resurgence of a once-endangered mammal and showcases it in large-as-life action, among crystalline waters and psychedelic swells of krill. Immersive in ways that not many movies can claim, Humpback Whales is a prime example of the power of large-format documentaries to educate, delight and inspire. The first Imax starring vehicle for the titular cetaceans, it’s sure to have a long life at science centers and aquariums.

Four years in the making, the doc tracks the 40-ton acrobats in three of their stunning stomping grounds: Hawaii, Alaska and Tonga, a South Pacific kingdom that enjoys a thriving whale-watching industry decades after ending its tradition of whale hunting. Known for their spectacular thrashes of elegant tails and especially exuberant leaps, aka breaching, humpbacks are still a mystery on many fronts, including the particulars of their mating and birth, neither of which has ever been never witnessed by human observers.

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