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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