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Killers: J pod on the brink

CBC Radio

Host Gloria Macarenko delves into our fraught love affair with the iconic and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales who have become political poster children for climate change. What’s killing J ...

36:45 | Aug 5th

It’s 1964, and J pod ancestor Moby Doll is harpooned and put on display at Vancouver’s waterfront. The crowds are delighted, until he dies. It’s the beginning of a fraught love affair with orcas that is mirrored today in aquariums and whale watching....Show More

30:27 | Aug 5th

J pod is an urban orca family, but have we made the very water they swim in uninhabitable? And why are other orca populations thriving along the same tainted coast line? From pollution to the blob, we ask, are major ocean changes a killer?
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29:37 | Jul 26th

A family matriarch, J35’s mother, is showing sure signs of peanut head. The experts agree: the Southern Residents are not getting enough fish to eat. But is it as simple as a decline in Chinook salmon? We head out on the latest research expeditions t...Show More

35:53 | Jul 22nd

J pod is a poster child in a nation-wrenching debate over a pipeline expansion, and it all comes down to the impact of increased vessel traffic. We take a journey along the noisy west coast waterfront to unravel the mysteries of orca communication, a...Show More

35:26 | Jul 18th

Hope turns to dismay as a new J pod calf dies before researchers arrive. When mother J35 carries its corpse for 17 days and 1000 miles, the world wakes up to the plight of the Southern Residents. Some call it grief; others, a message, and the drama o...Show More

02:04 | Jun 25th

A killer whale mother captivates the world as she carries her dead calf for 17 days. Some call it grief; many say it is a wake-up call for the plight of her endangered pod, and the health of our oceans. Killers: J pod on the brink asks what’s respons...Show More