A Film By
NRDC / Imaginary Forces / IFAW / Diamond Docs
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:30pm
Admission is Free
Sonic Sea, written by Mark Monroe of Diamond Docs, directed by Michelle Dougherty of Imaginary Forces and Daniel Hinerfeld of the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a 60 minute documentary chronicling the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. Oceans are not a silent world, but a dynamic sonic symphony of sound. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine mammals have evolved to take advantage of this perfect sonic medium. Just as we rely on sight to survive, they depend on sound to hunt for food, find mates, and detect predators.
At any given time there are 60,000 commercial ships traversing the seas worldwide creating a cacophony of noise that masks marine mammals’ ability to hear and be heard threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.
Sonic Sea features several charismatic scientists, including Ken Balcomb, the former Navy pilot and acoustics expert who proved to the world that naval sonar is killing whales, as well as the musician and environmental activist, Sting, whose moving interview connects the sonic world of marine life with our sonic world on land. The film offers solutions, thereby giving hope for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean's destiny is inextricably bound with our own.
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