Thu, 9 Feb 2023, 19:00 GMT St. Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre Stanford Avenue Brighton BN1 6EA United Kingdom

The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) and Sussex Dolphin Project invite you to an enchanting Whale Sound Bath with author Tom Mustill!

Sit back, close your eyes and be transported on a guided listening journey beneath the sea, taking in fish, seals, lightning strikes and many members of the whale and dolphin orchestra, from blue whale voices that travel hundreds of miles to new scientific recordings from the deep.

The experience will be narrated by author and wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill, whose critically acclaimed new book, How To Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication, details how a close encounter with a humpback whale inspired him to spend years exploring the cutting edge of marine biological research, where scientists are combining underwater robots and new advances in artificial intelligence to decode the communications of whales and dolphins.

Tom will bring us up to date on why recent technologies have transformed cetacean science, how the current expeditions to speak to whales are going and, most importantly, why this matters.

Thea Taylor, Sussex Dolphin Project Lead, will give a presentation on the dolphins of Sussex and the project’s ‘Dolphins Aren’t Discard’ campaign with the WCA to stop dolphins dying in supertrawler nets.

There will also be a Q&A chaired by Harry Eckman, CEO of the WCA, where audience members will have a chance to pose their own questions to Tom, Thea and Harry.

The evening will be suitable for adults and children over the age of 6 (if they’re happy to keep quiet during the sound bath!). Refreshments can be purchased from the Wild Earth Café at St. Augustine’s.

This event is organised by the WCA, with all proceeds going to Sussex Dolphin Project. Copies of How To Speak Whale will be available for signing by Tom!

Please register here:

About the organisers:

The WCA is the world’s largest marine conservation partnership, dedicated to the global protection of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats.

Sussex Dolphin Project is the WCA’s local flagship project, engaging with the community in Sussex to protect dolphins and the marine environment through research, awareness and education.

Tom Mustill is a biologist turned filmmaker and writer, specialising in stories where people and nature meet. His film collaborations, many with Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, have won lots of awards and been played at the United Nations, on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and projected onto the cliffs of Dover. How To Speak Whale is his first book and has been featured in The New Yorker, the NYT, Boston Globe, Guardian, Observer and translated into 10 languages.

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