“Party for the Ocean”: Free family-friendly event PLUS evening screening of “Sonic Sea”& panel

Monday, July 25
New Bedford Whaling Museum

DOWNLOAD IMAGES for “Sonic Sea” below.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Ocean health and whale science will be front and center at two free events on July 25 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. During the day, celebrate the ocean and the marine life that calls the sea home at “Party for the Ocean.” This family-friendly event runs from 10 am to 3 pm on the Museum’s plaza and inside in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Beginning at 7 pm, the Museum will screen the film “Sonic Sea,” followed by a panel discussion from 8-8:30 pm about ocean noise and other issues raised in the film. Both events are free and open to the public.

During “Party for the Ocean,” experience how whales stay warm, and how they see, hear and stay afloat with hands-on, “mind-on” activities. Explore inside a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale. Also featured is an up-close-and-personal ocean touch table from the Lloyd Center for the Environment, and activities presented by Buttonwood Park Zoo. Access to the Museum’s other exhibits and galleries during “Party for the Ocean” is subject to regular admission fees. Large group accommodations can be made by emailing in advance to education@whalingmuseum.org. This event is made possible by the Whaling Museum in partnership with Lloyd Center for the Environment, and the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

“Sonic Sea” ( http://www.sonicsea.org ) 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 U.S. 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, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. “Sonic Sea” was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

For more information about the “Party for the Ocean” or “Sonic Sea” go to www.whalingmuseum.org.


CONTACTS: Gayle Hargreaves
Director of Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 139 (office)


Sarah Rose, Curator of Education
Office: 508-997-0046


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.





http://www.filmsprout.org/wp-content/uploads/Sonic-Sea-1.jpg (Photo Credit: Howard and Michele Hall)

http://www.filmsprout.org/wp-content/uploads/Sonic-Sea-2.jpg (Photo Credit: Imaginary Forces)

http://www.filmsprout.org/wp-content/uploads/Sonic-Sea-3.jpg (Photo Credit: Lisa Whiteman)

http://www.filmsprout.org/wp-content/uploads/Sonic-Sea-4.jpg (Photo Credit: Lisa Whiteman)

http://www.filmsprout.org/wp-content/uploads/Sonic-Sea-5.jpg (Photo Credit: SpaceQuest and Google Oceans)


Downloadable Trailer

Learn About Ocean Noise