Turtle swimming in the sea

Microsoft-sponsored film exploring Earth’s oceans is being shown on Britain’s biggest cinema screen

A BBC film that takes viewers on a 3D journey through the Earth’s oceans is being shown on Britain’s biggest cinema screen.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet, which is sponsored by Microsoft, goes beneath the waves to meet creatures including dolphins, whales and sharks, giving young people the opportunity deepen their understanding and knowledge of the sea.

Narrated by British actress Kate Winslet, the documentary is being screened at London’s BFI Imax. The 500-capacity auditorium is home to Britain’s largest cinema screen, measuring 20 metres by 26 metres.

“Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on Earth,” the BBC wrote on its website. “New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, we reveal the untold stories of the oceans’ most astonishing creatures.

“Dolphins leap for joy through the waves, as we begin our journey into the blue. Our first stop is the coral reefs, where we meet fascinating characters like the ingenious tusk fish that uses a tool to open its food. In the great forests of the sea, we find a cunning octopus who shields herself in an armoury of shells to hide from predators.

“As we journey in 3D through our oceans, we share these extraordinary discoveries and uncover a spectacular world of life beneath the waves.”

In addition to Oceans: Our Blue Planet, which is made by BBC Earth and OCEANX, Microsoft teamed up with BBC Learning to launch a collection of lesson plans, written by teachers, focused on the world’s oceans. By taking on the roles of biological oceanographers and marine geologists, biologists and physicists, students will write code, build sensors, analyse data and create in 3D and mixed reality to answer questions such as “How do sharks swim?” and “How does coral grow?”.