All the fun of diving without the wetsuit. Filmed primarily in the waters around Cocos Island, 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, this documentary offers an enthralling look at an undersea ecosystem whose richly diverse components range from sharks to sea shrimp. Narrated by Linda Hunt, who reveals that the isolated Cocos Island inspired the setting of Robert Louis Stevensen's Treasure Island before getting on with the nature stuff, provides a running commentary that's both genuinely informative and relatively unobtrusive, and filmmakers
Howard and Michelle Binder Hall are old hands at underwater Imax films, having previously collaborated on INTO THE DEEP and THE LIVING SEA. They capture a series of truly breathtaking vignettes: sea lions and marlins herding a school of small fish into a frantic, whirling "bait ball," then devouring them until there's nothing left but an iridescent shower of scales; a procession of male stingrays pursuing a single, profoundly uninterested female; colorful barberfish carefully picking parasites off larger fish, and a hermit crab abandoning its borrowed shell for a more spacious one; starfish scuttling across the sandy ocean floor, and hammerhead sharks swimming lazily through the sparkling water. Animal Planet fans will think they've died and gone to blue heaven.
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