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Plunge into the Deep Blue Sea in “Turtle Odyssey” at Fernbank Museum
Experience the coming-of-age tale of a determined Australian green sea turtle on the Giant Screen
Atlanta, July 13, 2021- Follow Bunji, an Australian green sea turtle, and her incredible journey across the open ocean in “Turtle Odyssey,” a new giant screen film opening on July 17, 2021, at Fernbank. Experience the ocean through the eyes of a turtle as you explore the remarkable life cycle of a green sea turtle: from birth, to adolescence, to adulthood, to laying eggs of her own.
Narrated by Russell Crowe, “Turtle Odyssey” follows Bunji into an underwater oasis, from a hatchling off the Great Barrier Reef into adulthood as she swims thousands of miles, meets other incredible sea creatures, and has many wild encounters along the way. Miraculously, Benji will return from her lifelong odyssey to the very same beach where she hatched to lay eggs of her own as she does her part to preserve her species.
Sea Turtles are some of the most majestic and ancient creatures on Earth. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy, marine food webs. Not only do these friendly animals captivate us as they peacefully glide through the ocean, but their personal journeys of survival are equally fascinating. The film explores the challenges they face and the importance of their preservation.
“Turtle Odyssey is a film that is really close to our hearts since Georgia has its own marine turtle visitors,” said Bobbi Hohmann, Fernbank’s Vice President of Programming and Collections.
“Loggerhead turtles regularly nest on Georgia’s barrier islands, and state and local conservation efforts have been crucial to the recovery of this threatened marine turtle species. Through Bunji's story our visitors will not only learn about the life cycle of these amazing marine species, but also the challenges they face in the ocean and why conservation efforts remain critical to their survival.”
A Definition Films production, produced by Australian Producer David Gross and Distributed by K2 Studios “Turtle Odyssey” has received multiple awards for cinematography, music, directing and more at the 52nd Annual Worldfest Houston, as well as the Wildlife and Nature Award by the Australian Cinematographers Society.
“Turtle Odyssey” shows in Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater with daily showtimes beginning Saturday, July 17, which is also Reptile Day, featuring dozens of live amphibians and reptiles (including turtles) at Fernbank. More reptiles, amphibians and other amazing creatures can be found in Fernbank’s two special exhibits ‘Crocs’ and ‘Nature’s Ninjas.’ For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit Fernbank;s giant screen theater webpage.
Giant Screen Movie tickets are sold in combination with general admission and are available for purchase online. Combination tickets are $26.95/adult, $25.95/senior, $24.95 child for nonmembers and $6.95 for members. Due to reduced theater capacity to ensure safety, advance ticket purchase is recommended to ensure availability. Some tickets may be available, but not guaranteed, at the box office.
Tyler Thornton, Public Relations Specialist
Fernbank, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural destinations in Atlanta. As “Atlanta’s Science and Nature Experience,” Fernbank includes a natural history museum, giant screen 3D theater, and 75 acres of nature adventures in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. A collection of experiences rooted in science, nature and human culture, Fernbank delivers A World of Wow through exploration and discovery. Visit www.fernbankmuseum.org for information and join the conversation using @FernbankMuseum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.