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Sonic Sea. Projection of the documentary in Sant Antoni

 

The award-winning documentary film about the devastating impact of human-produced ocean noise on whales and other marine life will be shown  on Wednesday, June 27 at 9:30 p.m in Cine Regio of Sant Antoni.

SONIC SEA is narrated by the Oscar-nominated, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. It features interviews with Grammy Award-winning musician, human rights and environmental activist, Sting, as well as the renowned explorers and educators, Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau.  It also includes interviews with Canadian resident Paul Spong, a notable Orca researcher based on Hanson Island, BC, and Michael Jasny, Director of Marine Mammal Protection at NRDC, who currently resides in Vancouver, BC. 

The film tells the story of Kenneth C. Balcomb III, a whale researcher and former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery involving a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas, and changed the way we understand our impact on the ocean.

“Something was causing all these whales to want to abandon the deep water and get the hell out of there,” Balcomb says in the film. “Animals that I had grown to know over a 10-year period were now dead. They were trying to get away. I was driven to find out why.”

The ocean is a world of sound not sight. In the darkness of the sea, whales and other marine life depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. Over the last century, however, extremely loud noise from commercial ships, oil and gas exploration, naval sonar exercises, and other sources has transformed the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper … and ultimately to survive.

SONIC SEA was created to introduce this global problem to millions of people and to build momentum for change. It offers solutions and hope for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with our own.

Ocean noise can be reduced dramatically with better ship design, new technologies for oil and gas exploration, and with sensible policies such as speed limits for large ships and exclusion zones for peacetime training with naval sonar.

NRDC has won a series of legal victories against the U.S. Navy over its use of high intensity sonar in training, sued the oil industry over its use of airguns to prospect for oil and gas, and helped persuade the United Nations International Maritime Organization to adopt a set of guidelines for reducing low-frequency ocean noise from commercial ships.

 

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