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Sonic Sea

Win­ner of awards pre­sent­ed in 2016 at Wild & Scenic Film Fes­ti­val, San Fran­cis­co Inter­na­tion­al Ocean Film Fes­ti­val and Prince­ton Envi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val

Son­ic Sea (direct­ed by Michelle Dougher­ty and Daniel Hin­er­feld) explores the dev­as­tat­ing impact of indus­tri­al and mil­i­tary ocean noise on whales and oth­er marine life. Oceans are a son­ic sym­pho­ny. Sound is essen­tial to the sur­vival and pros­per­i­ty of marine life, but man-made ocean noise is threat­en­ing this frag­ile world. The film begins with a mys­tery: the unex­plained strand­ing and mass mor­tal­i­ty of sev­er­al species of whales in the Bahamas in March 2000. As the mys­tery unfolds, the film explores the crit­i­cal role of sound in the sea, and the sud­den, dra­mat­ic changes human activ­i­ty is inflict­ing on the ocean’s del­i­cate acoustic habi­tat — changes that threat­en the abil­i­ty of whales and oth­er marine ani­mals to pros­per, to func­tion, and ulti­mate­ly, to sur­vive. Son­ic Sea fea­tures sev­er­al sci­en­tists, includ­ing Fri­day Harbor’s own Ken Bal­comb, the acoustics expert who proved to the world that naval sonar is killing whales. The film offers solu­tions for a qui­eter ocean with a des­tiny that is inex­tri­ca­bly bound with our own.

Released in 2016
Run­ning time: 56 min­utes

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