Erich Hoyt (@erichhoyt) on his fight to end Russia’s orca trade, strange sea creatures, whale watching, cosmic orcas and more with Skaana (@Skaanapod) host Mark Leiren-Young (@leirenyoung). Erich’s books include: Orca The Whale Called Killer; The Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; Weird Sea Creatures and many, many more. This is our first two-part episode… in part one Erich talks about how he and the world fell in love with orcas.

“I would like to see thirty percent of the ocean designated as effective marine protected areas by 2030.”

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Erich Hoyt in Kamchatka Photo by Alexander Burdin

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction to Erich Hoyt (0:00)
  • Talking whales in Japan (5:35)
  • Russian attitudes towards whales (16:30)
  • Russian orca scientists falling for orcas (19:30)
  • Creatures of the deep (20:43)
  • Giant tube worms (25:45)
  • What young people want to know about orcas (30:31)
  • Watching whales (41:26)
  • Cosmic orcas (46:33)


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