The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef connects four countries along the Caribbean Sea and touches the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching nearly 650 miles and it’s along the Bay Island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras that our story unfolds.
Our giant screen feature will explore this environment and reveal the story about the life of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, a wildlife ambassador named Han Solo. One day along a beautiful coral reef, Han showed up outside a dolphin enclosure and trainers quickly determined that none of their dolphins were missing. Outside looking in, this wild dolphin was free to swim wherever he chose, but he wanted to be near humans and his own species. Han is special because his life has bridged two worlds, one as a wild dolphin, and the other as part of a group of dolphins under managed care. Han will be filmed inside a dolphin enclosure, and swimming free with his buddies over beautiful coral reefs, sand channels and the open sea. Han will contribute to our understanding of dolphin behaviors, and he will be the hook that allows us to showcase his marine world.
Marine science is a big part of The Dolphin Ambassador. Kathleen Dudzinski Ph.D., star of the IMAX movie Dolphins, will be an advisor as well as an on-camera personality in our film. Additional coral reef science contributions will be made by Anthony’s Key Resort staff and visiting U.S. universities who study coral reef ecology.