All posts tagged orcas

Lori Marino, founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the 10th program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the final one of its kind for now. We’re due back in the studio on June 24, to present the show in its customary, live format.

Lori Marino —a neuroscientist who’s the founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project, an organization whose chief objective is creating a seaside refuge for orcas, belugas and others that had previously lived in captivity at marine parks—discusses how her training as a neuroscientist informs her work and thinking about animals, particularly ones with more sophisticated brains, and their behavior and cognition. Read more…

Dr. Toni Frohoff, wildlife behavioral biologist

Dr. Toni Frohoff—a wildlife behavioral biologist who has researched the lives and behaviors of elephants and cetaceans for more than 30 years—recalls how, as an aspiring surfer growing up in Southern California, encountering dolphins in the ocean there, spurred her initial interest in studying those cetaceans. Read more…

Dr. Lori Marino, founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

Dr. Lori Marino—founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, as well as a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence—explains exactly what a neuroscientist is, and how that academic orientation informs her thinking about animal behavior as opposed to, say, an animal behaviorist without that scientific training. Read more…

John Hargrove, author of “Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld And The Truth Beyond Blackfish”

John Hargrove —author of “Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld And The Truth Beyond Blackfish”—discusses his childhood love for SeaWorld and its orcas, which began with his first visit to the Florida park in 1980 at age six, and subsequently involved persuading his mother and stepfather to make annual pilgrimages there. Read more…

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of “Blackfish”

Gabriela Cowperthwaite—the director of  “Blackfish,” the documentary examining the perils of keeping killer whales in captivity, with a focus on SeaWorld & Tilikum, who’s killed three people and emerges as an unfortunate poster boy for captive orcas going postal—discusses the profound sadness pouring out of several people who are interviewed onscreen. Read more…