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Antarctica: sunset setting. Beautiful golden sun rays and white snow. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.

Antarctica: sunset setting. Beautiful golden sun rays and white snow. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.
Southern right whale breach rainbow. A southern right whale, whalers gave these whales their name, as they were the right whales to hunt. This population of 35,000 was so reduced by this industry that only 35 females remained.

Southern right whale breach rainbow. A southern right whale, whalers gave these whales their name, as they were the right whales to hunt. This population of 35,000 was so reduced by this industry that only 35 females remained.
Cameraman Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks on South Georgia.

Cameraman Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks on South Georgia.
Gentoo penguins on iceberg. Gentoo penguins gather on an iceberg before heading out to sea to feed.

Gentoo penguins on iceberg. Gentoo penguins gather on an iceberg before heading out to sea to feed.
Below the ice sea anemones. Below the sea ice the water is a constant -2°C (about 28°F). The high concentration of salt in the water stops it from freezing, but in the cold creatures like these sea anemones grow very slowly and to an old age.

Below the ice sea anemones. Below the sea ice the water is a constant -2°C (about 28°F). The high concentration of salt in the water stops it from freezing, but in the cold creatures like these sea anemones grow very slowly and to an old age.
Southern right whale with diver. A diver with a southern right whale. This population of around 35,000 whales was decimated by whalers and yet, amazingly, these animal remain inquisitive and gentle around humans.

Southern right whale with diver. A diver with a southern right whale. This population of around 35,000 whales was decimated by whalers and yet, amazingly, these animal remain inquisitive and gentle around humans.

It is a land of mystery and yet what happens here affects every single one of us. With never-before seen footage, Antarctica brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent. It is the coldest, driest and windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans and yet, weird and wonderful creatures thrive here in astounding abundance.

Dive beneath sea ice, more than 6 feet thick, to experience the alien world of its seafloor—thousands of purple starfish scuttling to escape being entrapped by growing ice and elaborate jellyfish dancing a deadly dance. Swim alongside playful seals, soar above mountain peaks and vast penguin colonies and witness the largest congregation of fin and humpback whales ever filmed.

Although so remote from us, Antarctica and its surrounding Southern Ocean play a vital role for the entire planet, regulating ocean currents, sea levels and its wildlife-filled waters can absorb huge amounts of carbon. New science is revealing that dramatic changes are occurring and rapidly warming this pristine land of snow and ice. No one owns Antarctica but it will take global cooperation and collaboration to protect it and ensure the future health of our planet.

 

 


For Educators: Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Shows

Educators can book an Antarctica theater show for their classroom or schoolgroup. 
 

For Educators: Field Trip Guides

Educators can utilize the Fleet's Field Trip Guides to complement their classroom or school group's experience.

 

DVS: Descriptive Video Services adjustable captioning devices allow visitors to see film captions by using a cupholder device within their view. This allows visitors with visual and hearing impairments to hear audio more clearly or hear descriptive film narration alongside film audio through headphones. 

DVS is available for all films unless otherwise noted.