Articles & Interviews, David Suzuki, People

This Week in Whales: June 23 – June 29, 2019

Welcome to Our First This Week in Whales Post!

This past week has been busy here at Skaana! We released a new podcast episode featuring Kurt Russo from the Lummi Nation Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office, discussing the Lummi and their relationships with orcas, started an official Skaana Instagram account, and now we’re bringing your our first ever This Week in Whales post at, featuring the stories we’ve posted and shared over the past week!

Along with the new episode out featuring Kurt Russo, Skaana’s Mark Leiren-Young had a new opinion piece published on Crosscut on the importance of referring to orcas by names, not numbers. Check out Orcas: Call them by their names now!

And now from our socials, here are some of this week’s top stories on oceans, orcas, ethics and the environment:

Mother Orca Who Carried Her Deceased Calf Reminds Us That Animals Have Feelings Just Like Humans

2019 Honeybee Festival will educate and entertain the whole family

Rare white orca spotted near Campbell River

New orca protections in Canada include fishing reductions and sanctuaries closed to vessel traffic

First-Ever Beluga-Narwhal Hybrid Found in the Arctic

State honors Lummi Nation for its emergency response to escaped Atlantic salmon

Gray whale found on Everett beach died of starvation

For orca’s sake, we will not give up the fight against Canada pipeline

To end off,  here’s a flashback to our first episode – as timely as ever – David Suzuki on Donald Trump, Fake News, Justin Trudeau, and Pipeline Politics!

And of course, if you’d like to see more from us and help Skaana in our fight for orcas, oceans and the environment feel free to support us on Patreon!

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Lummi & Orcas – Kurt Russo on Ceremonial Feeding, Saving Lolita & Orca Actions in Orca Action Month