Become "Reef Rangers" in a first-of-its-kind, interactive virtual reality experience at Audubon Aquarium.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas opens a first-of-its-kind interactive virtual reality experience for visitors on Tuesday, December 5, with the goal of educating visitors on the importance of preserving our coral reefs.
The virtual reality experience takes guests on a virtual dive into a beautiful 360-degree coral reef environment.
During the exhibit, each participant’s mission is to become a “Reef Ranger” and help restore the undersea home of “Sting” and “Bob,” two fish who live in the Great Barrier Reef. Remotely piloting their own R.O.V.E.R. (Remotely Operated Vehicles for Exploring Reefs) mini-submarines, each guest helps to clean up the waters, plant new coral branches, and feed the fish, returning the reef to complete health.
“We’re thrilled to be the first aquarium to showcase this cutting-edge technology,” Audubon Aquarium director Rich Toth said.
Toth said the goal is to educate guests on the importance of coral reefs.
“Reef Rescue is not only an entertaining and truly immersive experience, but it also communicates an important message of conservation,” Toth said.
The Aquarium partnered with the award-winning design and media production studio, Super 78, to create this groundbreaking guest experience. This project is the second collaboration between these two entities.
“When we began developing ‘Reef Rescue’ specifically for aquariums, Audubon was on top of our list to work with again,” Brent Young, Super 78’s president and creative director, said. “Their commitment to education, conservation and entertainment makes it one of the finest aquariums in the nation. That’s why Audubon Aquarium is the ideal place to debut ‘Reef Rescue,'” Young said.
Tickets for ‘Reef Rescue’ can be purchased at the Aquarium ticket counter on the second floor at the entrance to the experience. Reef Rescue is not included in general admission or with an Audubon Nature Institute membership. Tickets are $6 for non-members and $5 for Audubon Members.
For more information visit the Aquarium’s website.
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