All About Transient Killer Whales with Sara Hysong-Shimazu

Expert naturalist and local artist Sara Hysong-Shimazu discusses what’s been going on with so many Transient type killer whales in Puget Sound this spring plus stories of some of her favorite local whales. She also breaks down how these orcas are named – a system much different than Resident type killer whales.

Check out her illustrations and photography and learn more about how to identify transient orcas with the Center for Whale Research.

Lesanna Lahner Sealife Rehabilitation Facility Needed in Puget Sound

Learn more about the need for a wildlife hospital for marine mammals and turtles in Puget Sound. Lesanna Lahner, Executive Director and Veterinarian, explains why SR3’s mission is so important and how their group will work with other organizations currently working with stranded animals. Plus, how YOU can help!

Show notes:
Study says predators may play major role in chinook salmon declines – Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

Learn more about SR3.

Dawn Noren Study on Contaminants Tranferred in Whale Milk

NOAA scientist Dawn Noren talks about studying contaminants transferred from killer whales to their calves. This work on captive animals can help understand the physiology of Southern Resident killer whales and some of the challenges they face as an endangered distinct population segment.

Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego

Learn more:

NOAA’s Dr. Dawn Noren Conducting Ground-Breaking Killer Whale Milk Study at SeaWorld San Diego

NOAA’s 5 year review of Southern Resident killer whales

NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NWFSC-135 Exposure to a Mixture of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for the Health of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

NOAA Invites Input on Proposed Killer Whale Protection Zone

Mark Leiren-Young – The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

Interview with Mark Leiren-Young, the author of the new book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, about the first captive killer whale, Moby Doll. We chat about her story and the amazing legacy left behind to her extended family of Southern Resident killer whales.


Ari Friedlaender – Antarctic Whales Research Featured in National Geographic TV Show

Ari Friedlaender talks with us about his research on whales in Antarctica. His work is featured on National Geographic’s show Continent 7: Antarctica which has it’s season finale on Tuesday, December 20th. Learn how whales are recovering from whaling and responding to climate change in Antarctica, plus how you can tag along on his next trip!


Monika Wieland – Taking Action and New Research

We’re back and joined by Monika Wieland talking about the upcoming CALF workshop in Friday Harbor and her latest projects researching killer whales with her new group Orca Behavior Institute. Learn about the latest steps being taken to protect killer whales and how your voice is needed to make a difference.


David Bain and Emily Sprong Talkin’ Forests and Killer Whales

We’re joined IN STUDIO with David Bain, killer whale biologist, and Emily Sprong, new Executive Director of Friends of North Creek Forest to chat about our upcoming Helpin’ Out event on June 27th! Learn about the last great forest in Bothell, Washington and how you can help. David Bain answers why baby killer whales around four or five months of age have splotchy skin – something we’re seeing on J51 and L121 these days.

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