All posts tagged orcas

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…