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Cousteau's new film – Dolphins and Whales

Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Mantello Brothers Join Forces To Protect Cetaceans with New IMAX (R) 3D Theatre Documentary Film DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean

Santa Barbara (CA) and London (UK), December 18, 2007 /PRNEWSWIRE/ – Filmmakers and environmentalists Francois and Jean-Jacques Mantello and ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau are pleased to announce they have joined forces on the new 3D documentary film DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean, which will be released at IMAX (R) Theatres beginning on February 15th, 2008. This latest installment in 3D Entertainment’s unique oceanthemed film series will deliver a strong and compelling conservation message while bringing audiences on a close encounter, for the very first time in 3D, with small and giant cetaceans such as humpback and sperm whales, orcas, and dolphins. I am delighted to be associated with this new, unforgettable underwater voyage where viewers
will don their 3D glasses much in the same way we put on our diving masks and will be immersed in the rarely seen world of these fascinating but vulnerable creatures,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau. “DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean is an ideal means of reaching a vast audience and helping individuals around the world to understand that we need to act responsibly in order to ensure the preservation of the world’s oceans and its inhabitants because, in the end, the most crucial partners whales and dolphins have are YOU and me.”

Principal photography began in June 2004 in Polynesia. An extensive three years were required to capture the footage during the course of 12 international expeditions and over 600 hours underwater at some of the remotest locations on Earth, including off the Pacific Ocean atolls of Moorea and Rurutu, Vava’u island of the Kingdom of Tonga, Pico Island in the Azores archipelago, the Valdez Peninsula in Argentina, Sapphire Coast of Australia, Bay of Islands in New Zealand and Canada’s Hudson Bay. Unlike other IMAX-type documentaries, the film consists solely of underwater footage, with none of the usual “dive preparation” sequences.

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean will be shown as of February 2008 at select IMAX 3D theatres, including the New England Aquarium (Boston, MA), Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center (Virginia Beach, VA), Texas State History Museum (Austin, TX), Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (Omaha, NE), Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17 (Dallas, TX) and the Tropicana Casino and Resort’s IMAX Theatre (Atlantic City, NJ).

The film trailer can been seen at
High-resolution photos from the film are available at .

Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for She is based in Dubai.