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Welcome to the SENTINELS OF SILENCE Livestream Q&A!

This is a recording of the live FILMMAKER Q&A ONLY and does NOT include the viewing of the film. Watch for free through October 31st!


Mark Pedelty, Director

Donna Sandstrom, Executive Director of the Whale Trail, 

Tim Ragen, Retired Executive Director of the US Marine Mammal Commission,

Sorrel North, Southern Resident Protection group.

In addition to entertaining questions from the audience about the film, we are open to any and all discussion concerning the intertwined issues of whale watching, noise (including bioacoustics), and Southern Resident Killer Whale conservation.


Does whale watching protect or harm whales? This film explores heated controversies over whale watching, boat noise, and orca conservation in Washington State and British Columbia. Whale watching companies claim that they serve as "sentinels" protecting the orca from unwary recreational boaters, ferries, and ships. A number of local conservationists and scientists have argued that whale watching boats crowd and harass whales, while adding noise to the orcas' immediate environment that makes it difficult for the social species to survive. The Pacific Whale Watch Association has hired lobbyists and brought suit against their local opponents. "Sentinels of Silence?" uses dramatic imagery, peer-reviewed science, and interviews with conservationists, scientists, and industry officials to bring a fascinating chapter in the orca conservation story to light.