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Blue Whales: Return of the Giants takes you on a journey of a lifetime to explore the world of the magnificent blue whale, a species rebounding from the brink of extinction. Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived—bigger than any dinosaur—yet we know surprisingly little about them.

Blue Whales will transform our understanding of these iconic creatures. The film follows two scientific expeditions: one, a high-risk mission to find a missing population of blue whales not seen in 50 years; and the other, to join Diane Gendron, the “Blue Whale Whisperer,” in Mexico’s Gulf of California, where she and her team explore the important role these remarkable animals play in the health of our oceans.

The film provides an unforgettable window into the lives these animals live—and the extremes scientists must endure to study them. Joined by a cast of supporting characters—from dolphins and sperm whales to sea lions and orcas—the blue whale finally gets its turn to be a star. Experience it life-size on the Giant Dome screen!

Blue Whales is narrated by award-winning actor Andy Serkis. This film was produced by Oceanic Films with major funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is the third collaboration between SK Films and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios.

One documentary film is included with the Fleet Experience admission. Individual tickets for Blue Whales showtimes are not available.  


Explore videos, activities and interactives that take the stunning biology of the blue whale and ground it in local, hands-on opportunities to engage with nature.

To book a field trip to see this film at the Fleet Science Center, visit our School Programs site or contact our Education Team.  

A parent and child blue whale
A blue whale with dolphins
A whale tail out the water with a massive cargo ship in the background
A blue whale from above
A pod of dolphins swimming near an island
Two sea lions on a rock yelling
A school of fish in a massive swirl
An island coastal aerial image


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