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The Ocean Is Coming to Times Square

A new exhibit lets you experience the sounds and sights of the deep sea.

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This story appears in the October 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.

How close can you really get to two monster squid fighting?

Very close, it turns out. This month National Geographic’s newest experience, “Ocean Odyssey,” opens in Times Square in New York City, bringing visitors face-to-face with humpback whales, great white sharks, and a pair of Humboldt squid locked in ferocious battle.

The experience draws on the latest research of marine biologist David Gruber, a National Geographic emerging explorer who specializes in bioluminescence and biofluorescence, and other underwater phenomena that humans rarely see.

Walking through the interactive encounter is in many ways better than the real thing. An Academy Award-winning team uses ultrahigh-resolution photo animation, video mapping, and audience-responsive walls and floors to provide more sights and sounds than if you were swimming through the Pacific yourself. Starting October 6, you can visit the immersive experience—and leave completely dry.

Go FURTHER into National Geographic’s “Encounter: Ocean Odyssey” in New York’s Times Square. Buy tickets at


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