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Experience the Expedition at the Nautilus Live Theater

The new Nautilus Live Theater at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

Dr. Robert Ballard’s deep-sea explorations come alive mid-July - September 1, 2012, at Mystic Aquarium's Nautilus Live Theater. This 50-seat, state-of-the-art theater space transports visitors to the unknown depths of the world’s oceans. Join Dr. Ballard and his Corps of Exploration aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as they explore Earth’s last great uncharted territory.

When the E/V Nautilus is at sea, telepresence technology brings live video and two-way ship-to-shore communications to the Nautilus Live Theater. You’ll have a front-row seat as the Corps of Exploration searches for undiscovered natural wonders and lost chapters of human history in the deep-water regions of the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas off the coast of Turkey and Cyprus.

Live shows connect with E/V Nautilus daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free show tickets are distributed at the information booth at the front of the aquarium on a first-come, first-serve basis.

New! The Unknown Ocean is a brand new theater experience showing daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Mars, Venus and the moon are better mapped than the ocean floor. The Unknown Ocean is an interactive experience that reveals how modern sonar technology accurately maps the deep ocean and fascinating biological life that is discovered using remotely operated vehicles. Free show tickets are distributed at the information booth at the front of the aquarium on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nautilus Theater Presenters

From left to right: Kaitlyn Nevers, Amanda Moulton, Gay Mori, Kelly Moran, Kelly Zrenda, Alicia Eichinger, Burnham Hall, Matt Morin, Elaine Dodge, Alyssa Christian, Emily Traglia, Jack York, and Evan Thomas. Absent: Debbie Miles.

When the E/V Nautilus returns to port in the off-season, the theater showcases high-definition expedition highlights of the amazing discoveries that took place just months before. A Nautilus team member who has been working with Dr. Ballard's team throughout the summer guides audiences through the expedition findings and their own special telepresence experiences during daily theater shows.

The Nautilus Live Theater is located in the Ocean Exploration Center exhibition, the world’s only exhibit space centered around Dr. Ballard’s deep-sea exploration and discoveries.

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