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Following a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Sonic Sea," WBUR senior environmental editor Barbara Moran sat down for a conversation about the film with Dr. Leila Hatch, Marine Ecologist, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA. "Sonic Sea," narrated by Rachel McAdams, is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.
Hatch is a marine ecologist with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay and featured in the film. This area has experienced dramatic increases in shipping and she studies how low frequency noise emitted by large ships and other vessels impacts marine mammals who also rely on low frequency signals for communication, foraging, navigating and caring for their young.