The IMAX film “Deep Sea,” which looks at interdependent ocean life forms, will return today to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a noontime screening.
“Deep Sea” focuses on the unusual alliances between creatures such as the Green Sea Turtle, which allows schools of fish to clean its shell of algae and other forms of symbiotic sea life.
“Coral reefs and various ocean habitats are communities of animals, and there are certainly predator/prey relationships that are important, but there are also cooperative ones between species that are of critical importance,” said underwater cinematographer and San Diego resident Howard Hall, who directed the film.
“The message we’re trying to get out in the film is that biodiversity is important because these ecosystems are communities. When too many members are removed, the community goes.”
The film is narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet with an original score by Danny Elfman.
While filming “Deep Sea,” the crew dove in nine locations including the Sea of Cortez, where images of the color-changing Humboldt Squid were captured, and three spots off the California coast, officials said.
Near Catalina Island, the team filmed a scene featuring a 11-inch long Mantis Shrimp that grabs an octopus with its claw at a speed about the same as a .22-caliber bullet, museum officials said.
The team also filmed off La Jolla Shores and the Monterey breakwater.