The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce the opening of BLUE WHALES: RETURN OF THE GIANTS, a groundbreaking new documentary set to awe audiences starting Saturday, March 16. Narrated by the renowned actor Andy Serkis (known for his roles in "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars") and scored by Academy Award winner Steven Price ("Gravity"), this immersive film promises an unforgettable journey into the world of the magnificent blue whale.

Blue whales, the largest animals ever to live on Earth, remain enigmatic despite their colossal size. This documentary aims to shed light on these majestic creatures, revealing their spectacular feeding habits, awe-inspiring long-distance communication, and tender mother-calf bonds.

Audiences will be taken on a thrilling adventure through two scientific expeditions: one, a daring mission to locate a missing population of blue whales off the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, unseen for half a century, and the other, an exploration led by Diane Gendron, known as the "Blue Whale Whisperer," in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Gendron and her team listen in on whale conversations, unveiling the vital role these remarkable animals play in the health of our oceans.

Don't miss the opportunity to witness BLUE WHALES, opening March 16 at the Fleet Science Center. Experience the wonders of the ocean's gentle giants, larger than life, on the Giant Dome screen.

General Admission tickets grant access to the Fleet's exhibit galleries and the choice of one documentary film, offering a complete and immersive experience for visitors. Tickets are available at the ticket counter and

The Fleet Science Center is hosting a BLUE WHALES Public Opening Party to celebrate the new documentary film. This event will feature fun activities and special surprises:  

  • At each screening of BLUE WHALES, two lucky winners will score a train-themed prize. The documentary film will screen on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  
  • Enjoy 10% off popcorn at concessions for you to snack on while watching this exciting film on the Giant Dome screen.  
  • Take 10% off blue whale slushies at Craveology, the Fleet's café.   
  • Get 10% off BLUE WHALES-themed merchandise in the North Star Science Store. 

Produced by Oceanic Films with major funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), BLUE WHALES marks the third collaboration between SK Films and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, following the success of "Amazon Adventure" and "Backyard Wilderness."

The BLUE WHALES documentary film is locally sponsored in part by the City of San Diego and San Diego County.

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BLUE WHALES is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings. For school or group reservations, visit our Dome Theater Shows and School Programs site or contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 and

The film is accompanied by an outreach campaign with educational materials produced by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and the California Science Center. The suite of resources, made possible by NSF funding, targets families and classrooms for young learners aged 8-10. Activities include Whale Beats, an interactive game where you can create your own musical masterpiece using sounds from the natural world, and an immersive AR experience where users can “swim” alongside life-size blue whales (available now to download in the iOS App Store). Video resources include three ‘Virtual Field Trips’ and accompanying hands-on activities, all available in English and Spanish, that bring the science from real whale research expeditions into an accessible format and inspire students to engage with local nature and conservation efforts.

Those who would like to arrange a private screening of the film are welcome to contact the Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or

Two blue whales swimming in a blue ocean