Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Ocean Odyssey for describing
the world of, and the 80 year life, of a giant male sperm whale.

Ocean Odyssey
This is the closest you'll get to seeing what lies
thousands of feet below the ocean's surface

Ocean Odyssey (2006) - 116 minutes
Ocean Odyssey at Amazon.com

This is the closest you'll get to seeing what lies thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.

The great depths of the sea are the last unexplored landscapes on Earth. The creatures that live in this abyss are the least known of any on the planet and the awesome majesty of the world below remains beyond our reach. However, with technological advances and breathtaking CGI, Ocean Odyssey has created the most accurate portrayal of the deep oceans that has ever been seen.

Following the life journey of an 80-year-old 45-ton bull sperm whale, we take in the spectacular sights at the bottom of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. We are with his family as the whale fends off an attack from a pod of Orca and as he comes face to face with animals that were once thought to be mythical - mysterious 15-meter oarfish and the enormous Giant and Colossal squids of legend.

As the whales dive over 2 kilometers below the surface the landscape of the deep comes vividly to life - impossibly deep canyons, underwater volcanoes and the highest and longest mountain ranges on Earth. The whale takes us on a roller coaster ride - from the towering ancient spires of the Lost City, to massive undersea canyons and huge fields of black smokers.

Through our journey we discover how, across these 80 years, these seas have changed beyond recognition. This changing world is more powerful, yet more sensitive to change than we ever imagined and has the power to give life to the whole planet - or take it away.

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Ocean Odyssey
This is the closest you'll get to seeing what lies
thousands of feet below the ocean's surface

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Ocean Odyssey for describing
the world of, and the 80 year life, of a giant male sperm whale.