Jessica Lundin Talks Orca Moms and Babies

Doctoral candidate Jessica Lundin joins us on the Whale Scout Podcast this week to discuss her work studying endangered Southern Resident killer whales using scat (poop) samples.  With the recent disappearance of new calf L120 and the startling lack of surviving calves over the last two years, Lundin’s research gives us insight into what might be going on with orca moms and babies. The results likely won’t surprise you – orca moms who don’t get enough salmon to eat can’t produce a successful calf. We also discuss the pregnancy rumors surrounding J32 (Rhapsody) and ways you can help out these struggling orca moms and babies. To support this fantastic work, please visit the UW Center for Conservation Biology Webpage.





July 25th 2014 Ken Balcomb Talks Navy Sonar and Whales

Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research and featured character of the new book War of the Whales, a True Story by Joshua Horwitz is our special guest!  On this episode of the Whale Scout podcast Ken and I discuss the book and other possible Navy/whale interactions including his thoughts on what might have happened to endangered Southern Resident orca Sooke (L112) who died in 2012 of “blunt force trauma” from an unknown source.

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June 25th Dawn Noren Talks about NOAA’s Ten Year Report on Endangered Killer Whales

Listen in to Dawn Noren, NOAA Research Biologist and key author of the hot off the press 10 year report on the research and conservation efforts made to understand and help protect Southern Resident killer whales.  As a researcher, Noren explains what we have learned over the last ten years, what’s surprised her, and what fascinating new research questions scientists are working to answer in the next ten years.

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June 7, 2014 – Orcas return to the San Juans, hear whale vocalizations, and updates from the Director!

Join Whitney as she discusses the last week of awesome orca encounters from San Juan Island including some surface vocalizations caught on tape!  Follow along in the blog post below for photos!  The podcast also features the latest news and upcoming book releases.

New IN STUDIO podcast with David Bain, Killer Whale Scientist and Recovery Leader

We are joined IN STUDIO for a very special show with David Bain, marine mammal biologist, orca expert, environmental educator, and Vice President of Friends of North Creek Forest! Listen in as we talk about why orca lovers should spend more time in the forest and how you can get involved next week at our first ever Whale Scout Helpin’ Out special event!

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New Whale Scout Podcast with Donna Sandstrom, news!


Interview with Donna Sandstrom, plus news and more!
This week we interview Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail as she kicks off Orca Tour 2014! Orca Tour will travel from Canada to California with presenter Erich Hoyt. We also talk recent news about the petition to expand Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat to offshore areas of the Pacific coast. Other news from the recent Orca Salmon workshop and the Marine Naturalist gear up on San Juan Island is also discussed. If you love the podcast, please link it elsewhere and help spread the word! Thank you everyone!



New Whale Scout Podcast with Dr. Brad Hanson


Interview with Dr. Brad Hanson, plus news and more
This week we are talking all things orca!  Over the last couple of weeks we have had many sightings of killer whales (orcas) including an unusual visit from our resident group, K pod.  K pod traveled all the way down Puget Sound through the Narrows!  Dr. Brad Hanson, killer whale researcher with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, was on the water with K pod that day and is our guest on the show.  Listen as he talks about what K pod may have been doing in Puget Sound along with the latest updates on his research.  Plus, news and upcoming events, including how you can get involved with Whale Scout Helpin’ Out at North Creek Forest on May 10th!  If you love the podcast, please link it elsewhere and help spread the word! Thank you everyone!


Photo Courtesy: Brad Hanson