"Sonic Sea" screening, Q&A Oct. 20th

Center for Coastal Studies and Cape Cinema partner on event
Dr. Christopher Clark, courtesy of Center for Coastal Studies

On Thursday, October 20 the Center for Coastal Studies and Cape Cinema will present a screening of the multi-award-winning documentary, SONIC SEA, to be followed by a Q and A session with Christopher Clark, PhD, whose groundbreaking work on ocean acoustics is prominently featured both in this film, and in the critically acclaimed 2015 documentary, RACING EXTINCTION. 

Over the last century, 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 travels beneath the ocean’s surface to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution and what can be done to stop it. 

Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Rachel McAdams, and featuring interviews with marine ecologists, ocean life experts, and wildlife activists, including Grammy Award-winning musician, human rights and environmental activist Sting, SONIC SEA highlights how noise from a range of man-made sources has affected whales in recent years, including the mass stranding of whales around the planet. 

The film uncovers how better ship design, speed limits for large ships, quieter methods for underwater resource exploration, and exclusion zones for sonar training can work to reduce the noise in our oceans and stop the deaths of our ocean’s beloved creatures, as long as society has “the political will to solve it.” 

Guests are invited to join Dr. Clark and Center for Coastal Studies staff at a pre-show reception at 6 pm. The film will begin at 7 pm, and will be followed by the infomal Q and A session.

All inclusive tickets are just $15 and, thanks to the generosity of Cape Cinema, proceeds will support the Center for Coastal Studies' research, rescue and education programs. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Cape Cinema box office. 

For further information, please contact Deb Magee, Center for Coastal Studies Director of Development, at 845-926-2176.


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