You’ll be swimmin’ with the fishes (in a good way) at Seattle Symphony’s presentation of The Blue Planet Live!, a big-screen, underwater adventure with live orchestra accompaniment. Featuring a score by renowned film and television composer George Fenton — who will lead the Orchestra in two performances, July 8 & 9The Blue Planet Live! presents a natural history of the world’s oceans edited for the big screen.

Should be an experience you won’t soon forget. Says Fenton:

The boundaries between cinema and television are becoming progressively blurred. Most films are made with the television in mind, while at the same time, more and more people are able to enjoy television on high-quality screens and with stereo sound to rival the cinema. The true difference now lies in where and with whom you watch. This show is also about being part of a theatrical experience, which involves sharing these incredible images of incredible creatures in a way that we can’t in front of the television. The makers of The Blue Planet are only too aware that the oceans and their inhabitants are increasingly under threat. Attempting to understand and protect them is perhaps the ultimate aim behind these remarkable films.

Want to bone up on your undersea knowledge pre-screening? Read on for some seaworthy suggestions.

Take a trip to a Puget Sound–area beach (from Des Moines’ Redondo Beach to North Seattle’s Carkeek Park) and participate in Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist program [PDF]. Learn what seastars eat, why seaweed is slimy, and what you can do to help protect Puget Sound’s species-rich shores.

Looking for some saltwater fun this weekend? Check out Point Defiance Zoo & Acquarium’s Beluga Whale Play Day [PDF], from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Can’t make it this weekend? Visit the Zoo & Aquarium any time for all kinds of underwater enterprises.

Or, simply stay at home with a few deep-sea flicks. Our picks:

  • Finding Nemo. Little fish, big ocean, incredible journey.
  • Whale Rider. A father-daughter tale from New Zealand.
  • The Hunt for Red October. Tom Clancy’s political thriller of a Soviet sub captain’s defection tricked out for the silver screen.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Kirk Douglas vs. a giant squid. Need we say more?
  • The Abyss. Freaky underwater phenomena. Plus a funky submarine!
  • Free Willy. The story of a boy and his orca.
  • Jaws. “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”
  • The Yellow Submarine. The Beatles (à la animation) take on the Blue Meanies with pop songs and psychedelia.

Photo courtesy BBC Worldwide.