Throughout the ocean, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, and defend against predators. A century ago the seas were silent, but now humans fill them with an unbearable cacophony – the sonic “bombs” of oil prospectors, the whirr of freight ships, the shrieks of military sonar – driving whales to death and disorientation. Sonic Sea (2017), narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former Navy officer who solved the tragic mystery of a mass stranding, and the global network of scientists working to limit our deadly clamor.
Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Environmental Studies and Animal Studies faculty, including:
- Jennifer Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
- Nandini Thiyagarajan, Animal Studies Fellow
- Yanoula Athanassakis, Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative
This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities and NYU Animal Studies. Please register via the event webpage.