Sounds of the Seas

A scientific detective story

Every month new military sonars are deployed. There hasn't been a single documentary on this issue. Reason enough for leading scientists to engage in this bold and daring task.

"Sounds of the Seas" leads far beyond normal wildlife films. The dedicated biologist Antonella Servido gathers evidence usually hidden behind the walls of marine laboratories. Complimented with secret insights on military technologies, a unique collaboration between marine biologists and IT specialists make it possible for the first time to follow whales further than 800 meters below sea level. Military sonars are built to detect hostile submarines over hundreds of miles, using massive levels of sound. As the possibility of an energy war increases, will scientists stand up to tackle the inevitable repercussions of our wars in the oceans? What does this mean for the Earth's largest mammals?

We highly recommend this film! "Sounds of the Seas" is a gripping documentary that shows quite clearly why whales and dolphins beach themselves en masse.

There are still media sources that describe these tragedies as 'inexplicable'. However, the cause of these events is extremely evident; sonar waves used in military operations cause unbearable pain and stress on the brains of these water mammals. Whales cannot cope with submarine exercises and flee in their dozens to the bays to escape the sound vibrations. Very often, this sudden change in depth brings their blood to boil (as in diver's disease) or causes blood clots in the brain.

Naturally, this is a gruesome and tragic topic, which many wish to ignore. Nevertheless, "Sounds of the Seas" is a fascinating insight to the research being carried out by Italian marine biologist, Antonella Servidio, well edited, and very deep in content. Simply interesting and thrilling.

Director(s): Volker Barth
Script: Volker Barth
Production: ARTE, Anthro-Media, WDR, arte, Arte
Music: Achim Treu
Actors: Antonella Servidio
Year: 2007
Duration: 52 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German, English
Country of origin: Germany
Shooting Locations:
  • This film can be watched for free at the top.


Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: wildlife noise
Mentions: whales stranding beaching military submarine sonar
Topic Page(s): Oceans

Host a Screening

Film Tips

Other Films