Clearwater Marine Aquarium Announce Opening Date for Immersive Whale Exhibit

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Announce Opening Date for Immersive Whale Exhibit.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium proudly announces March 21 as the opening date for its fully immersive new exhibit, Whales: Living with Giants. The exhibit is set to run through August 31, 2021.

Whales: Living with Giants will occupy 20,000 sq ft. of space in CMA’s newly expanded visitor center. Guests will be immersed into the undersea world of these magnificent gentle giants through educational multi-media exhibits, an undersea virtual reality experience, walk-through life-size whale gallery, and an interactive kid’s zone. The exhibit will continue to evolve throughout the summer to provide guests with unique experiences.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is partnering with virtual reality entertainment group Immotion to bring a fully-immersive VR theatre complete with motion-platform seating to CMA during the exhibit. Guests will take on the role of marine biologists to observe and be immersed among wild, giant Humpback whales by way of virtual reality.

“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Clearwater Marine Aquarium on this milestone installation,” said Group Commercial Director, Rod Findley. “We’re honored to be part of the first exhibit to go into the new expansion at the aquarium. It’s a bold step to give their guests the newest and most immersive experiences.”

Clearwater Marine Aquarium recently underwent an $80 million expansion project complete with a visitor center and 1.5 million gallon dolphin habitat which opened to the public in October.

UPDATE August 18, 2021: “We installed Immotion’s VR theater in March 2021 and it has exceeded all expectations. From opening day we’ve experienced a boost in revenue, and it has become a wonderful addition to the attractions we offer here at Clearwater Marine Aquarium,” said Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s VP Brand Management, Billy Campisciano.