Shark Reef Aquarium launches Undersea Explorer VR adventure
New attraction from Immotion, the the Undersea Explorer Virtual Reality Theatre, offers guests an up-close-and-personal look at sharks, humpback whales and other underwater wildlife.
The newest addition to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, the immersive experience centre features state-of-the-art, motion platform VR technology, transporting guests to the ocean’s depths.
Created by Immotion’s documentary team, the experience presents live-action educational and adventurous content guided by marine biologists and wildlife experts. With a mission to support marine conservation through the creation of engaging events, “Undersea Explorer” features technology syncing 360º stereoscopic VR with dynamic motion seating for the ultimate below-the-sea adventure.
As part of the “Undersea Explorer” exhibition, attendees can explore various experiences including “Shark Dive” – “Swim” with marine biologist Matthew Smukall and Shark Whisperer Mike Dornellas as they dive among tiger sharks and hammerheads. The dive features the world’s first VR POV Shark Cam from a camera mounted on a shark’s dorsal fin!
During “Swimming with Humpbacks” guests follow marine biologist/cameraman Jeff Hester as he sets out to learn about the behavior of mother humpback whales and their calves. They track a newborn and its mom undersea and see how the behavior of the mother evolves as the calf matures.
“At a time when getting out of the house feels like a luxury, it’s a thrill to open our doors and let the public experience Undersea Explorer,” said Rod Findley, group commercial director of Immotion. “We’ve created a safe, educational and adventurous way to explore underwater wildlife and hope that guests become passionate about oceanic conservation through this unique VR experience.”