Tuesday, September 13th at 6 PM Vashon Maury Island Audubon Society will show the Vashon premier screecning of Sonic Sea at Vashon Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting with renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Marine life exists in a world dominated by sound. From pistol shrimp to blue whales, marine species use sound to find prey and communicate, sometimes over distances of hundreds of miles or more. But over the last 100 years or so, increasing levels of anthropogenic noise from shipping, oil and gas exploration, naval sonar training, construction, and other activities have begun to drown out the ocean’s natural sound. For whales, dolphins, and other marine life, this has resulted in a myriad of impacts, including stress, deafness, avoidance behaviors that have diminished feeding opportunities, and even death. Fortunately, in many cases, relatively simple solutions exist to mitigate these problems; what is needed is the political will.
The event is jointly sponsored with Island Greentech and Vashon Theatre.