The new Shark Discovery exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans connects visitors directly to the ocean by immersing them in a one-of-a-kind hands-on and audio visual experience. The Audubon Aquarium’s largest exhibit since 2014, Shark Discovery features a 60-foot by 16-foot touchpool that includes small sharks and rays.
To accompany this spectacular new touchpool, Cortina Productions was hired to produce a large-format film to display on the LED screen that runs the entire length of the pool. The 10-minute ambient film and audio experience provides a stunning view into various underwater marine environments and celebrates the incredible diversity of sharks and rays. Approximately every 15 to 20 seconds, animated facts appear and educate visitors about the ways these fascinating creatures are essential to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems.
According to Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Rich Toth, “Our hope is that by reaching into the touchpool creates a connection, sparking action to protect marine life and the ocean.”
The exhibit is part of the Aquarium’s mission to the Save Animals From Extinction (SAFE) organization, which helps protect endangered species, such as sharks and rays, by providing vital information about overfishing and unsustainable human practices. Shark Discovery helps save species from extinction by offering visitors an opportunity to better understand oceanic life and sustainable practices that can help save it.
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