Sonic Sea: Sound, Song and Survival

PRESENTED BY: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies
7:00 PM, Thursday, May 11, 2017 PST
Location: Beacon Hill (click for map)

Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. 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 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 (and, by extension, hope) for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with our own.

Special Guests: David Bain and Shari Tarantino from Orca Conservancy will update us on the health and challenges to local whale populations

Sponsors: Beacon-Arts  ( Joe Mckinestry Construction Company (

Release Year: 2015

Running Time: 56 minutes

Director: Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld

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  1. Tanya Maurer
    #1 Tanya Maurer 7 May, 2017, 22:12

    This film is exceptional. Your guests from Orca Conservation will be excellent sources to help us understand how our orcas are doing, considering how much sonic stress they are experiencing in the Salish Sea.

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