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.
Join us for the screening of Sonic Sea. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Environmental Studies and Animal Studies faculty, including Jennifer Jacquet(Assistant Professor Environmental Studies, NYU), Nandini Thiyagarajan (Animal Studies Fellow, NYU) and Yanoula Athanassakis (Director of Environmental Humanities Initiative, NYU).
Co-sponsored by NYU Animal Studies and the NYU Center for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. Entry to the event will be first-come, first-served.