Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland

10:30 - 10:55 am, 2:10 - 2:35 pm

Location: National Geographic 3D Theater

Cost: Members - $5.00; Non-members - $7.95; under age 3 – no charge

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-FISH (3474)

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment. Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Dance with the tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Narrated by Jeff Corwin, this is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D.

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Amazon Adventure 3D

11:15 am - 12:00 pm, 1:05 - 1:50 pm

Location: National Geographic 3D Theater

Cost: Members - $5.00; Non-members - $7.95; under age 3 – no charge

Contact: Virginia Aquarium.

Phone: (757) 385-FISH (3474)

Amazon Adventure 3D tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' fascinating 11 year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850's.

As in any great detective story, audiences will experience the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.

Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science and most importantly, putting the first ever case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the "beautiful proof" for Natural Selection.

Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates' endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy.

Assisted Listening (HI), Closed Captioning (CCAP)

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Meerkats 3D

12:20 - 12:45 pm, 3:00 - 3:25 pm

Location: National Geographic Theater

Cost: Members - $5.00; Non-members - $7.95; under age 3 – no charge

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: 757-385-FISH (3474)

Follow an extraordinary – not to mention adorable - family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Her daunting task is to both protect the offspring she has as well as produce more pups to ensure the family’s survival for generations to come. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups and their lives as they also contend with the desolate environment which is their home.

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