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‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’ Arrives in Time for Spring Break at Fernbank

‘Sea’ a classic coming of age tale filled with hope, humor and wonder, told through a vast ocean that connects us all

Atlanta- April 5, 2021- Join Fernbank on a spring break expedition to the land Down Under in ‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’, now showing in the museum’s four-story Giant Screen Theater. Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup named Otto—and meet the man devoted to saving her species.

Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions.  In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, be immersed in a classic coming of age tale guided by one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent, and playful animals.  Take an intimate journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness, must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery.  

Follow Otto as she learns what it means to be a sea lion and witness the trials and tribulations of growing up in this harsh domain. Things are not all bad though out on the Australian Bight as Otto makes life-long friends, creates an unbreakable bond with her mother and grows up before our very eyes, starting a family of her own along the way.

As Otto grows up along the Southern Australian Coastline, Dirk Holman, a determined marine biologist, travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of recovery for the Australian Sea Lion. Visit the Marine Mammal Rescue with Dirk as he uncovers methods used along the West Coast of the United States to help the California Sea Lion population reach full recovery; methods and results he intends to duplicate in Australia.

Narrated by Sam Neill, notable for his performance as Dr. Alan Grant in ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’ shows daily from April 2-11 at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The 25-minute movie will show on weekends only through May 30. The film will also be featured as part of the summer movie schedule, which will be released at a later date.

Giant Screen Movie tickets are sold in combination with general admission to Fernbank and are available for purchase online at Combination tickets are $6.95, plus general admission for both members and non-members. Due to greatly reduced theater capacity to ensure safety, advance ticket purchase is required to ensure availability. Some tickets may be available, but not guaranteed, at the box office.


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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 for information and join the conversation using @FernbankMuseum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About K2 Studios – Recognized as leaders in Giant Screen documentary cinema, K2 Studios brings a wealth of success and experience in all aspects of production, global distribution and marketing. Additionally, K2’s distribution arm counts more than 65 large screen format films in its library for non-theatrical distribution, plus more than 25 films for digital and large format theater distribution