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Taking a seaworthy getaway isn't easy here in Oklahoma, especially now that summer break is over. But metro families can still soak up a little surf and observe oceanic wildlife inside Science Museum Oklahoma's 70-foot Dome Theater.

In March, the museum brought "Wild Ocean" aboard the large-format screen at 2100 N.E. 52nd. The 2008 IMAX documentary follows the often-tumultuous exchange between humans and nature. Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, and filmed off the coast of South Africa, the film explores a frenzied annual feeding that's being threatened by global warming and overfishing.

Filmmakers follow researchers studying the endangered feeding " which pits hungry dolphins, sharks, whales and seals against billions of swarming fish " and makes a case for protecting the fragile oceanic ecosystem from mankind's predatory, if not purposeful, habits.

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Communications coordinator Shaundra North said "Wild Ocean" has been a popular museum film, especially amongst child audiences captivated by the animals, underwater imagery and conservation narrative.

"It's had a great response," she said. "Water films always do well here, probably because we're landlocked."

 North said the movie does depict a little gnashing and fish-eating, but said that none of scenes are particularly violent or scary.

"It's all clearly a part of wildlife, and kids totally understand that," she said.

"Wild Ocean" screens at 10 a.m., noon and 2 and 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sunday screenings start at noon. Tickets are $8.45 for adults and $6.95 for seniors and children 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free. Call 602-6664.

 "Joe Wertz

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