By emitting ‘songs’ of a specific frequency, many marine animals communicate by sound, enabling them to migrate, mate and hunt while they defend themselves and their packs from clandestine predators. Since the dawn of time, oceans have sustained this harmonic, but delicate, web of underwater sound. Recently however, this song has been drowned out by the racket of industry.
Sonic Sea follows Kenneth C. Balcomb III, a former U.S. Navy officer turned whale expert who makes a discovery that changes the way we have come to understand the human impact on the ocean, tracking scientists worldwide who are working towards reducing this harmful noise and re-affirming that the ocean’s destiny is one inextricably linked with our own.
Written by Mark Monroe who continues on from his brilliant works The Cove and Racing Extinction, Sonic Sea features dazzling underwater cinematography and a haunting score by Grammy-winning composer Heitor Pereira, reflective of underwater, ambient soundscapes.
“Sonic Sea’s incredible cinematography gets viewers up close and personal with the animals…it will arouse care and love for the world living unseen, beneath our oceans.” - Kelsey Leavitt, BYU Media Centre
Underwater noises generated by the seismic exploration of oil mining, freight ships and the effects of military sonar, measure off the charts and are observed to be having distressing effects on the ocean’s marine life.
Narrated with verve by Rachel McAdams and featuring riveting interviews with ocean protection icons including Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau; experts on ocean noise such as Chris Clark of Cornell, Leila Hatch of NOAA, Dr. Paul Spong founder of OrcaLab, and musician/activist Sting, Sonic Sea traverses the murky expanses of the oceans where darkness abounds, and many sea mammals are dependent on sound for survival.