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Loyalty is a Two-Way Street

Aug 11, 2023

In this episode, Maddalena Bearzi, my guest from Episode 20, returns to the show to share her insights about the so-called orca "uprising," a series of recent animal/orca "attacks" (aka encounters) which have been making headlines in the US and around the world. Why have these beautiful and intelligent animals started ramming and sinking boats?!

Maddalena Bearzi is the President and co-founder of Ocean Conservation Society in southern California.

Learn more about Maddalena Bearzi, PhD

 Maddalena's op ed in the LA Times

Books authored by Maddalena Bearzi include:

STRANDED: Finding Nature in Uncertain Times

Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist


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Sources for this episode include:

Orcas: Is there an 'orca uprising'? Like orcas themselves, the answer is complex. - ABC7 Chicago

Orca uprising: Why are killer whales sinking boats? | indy100

‘Orca uprising’: Why are orca whales targeting boats? | News | Al Jazeera

Orca Attack Leaves Yacht Heading for Rock Collision (


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