Mark Leiren-Young

is creating PodCasts & news to help orcas, oceans & the environment

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About Mark Leiren-Young

Do you love whales?

Do you love oceans?

Are you a fan of science-based facts and fact-based reality?
Then please join Skaana in creating and sharing a podcast that features the latest news on orcas, oceans, eco-ethics and the environment.

I now have three books for young readers about orcas - Small World, Big Whales (a board book for babies), Orcas of the Salish Sea (for elementary school kids) and Orcas Everywhere - for age 12 and up!

My book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, tells the story of Moby Doll, the whale who launched the captivity era and the movement to save the whales and won an award as Canada's best science book in 2017. 

My documentary, The Hundred Year Old Whale, shares the story of Granny - the former matriarch of the endangered southern resident orcas.

The reason I decided to dive into the Patreon pond... After spending all this time studying these orcas I don't want the book and movie to become a eulogy, so I'm trying to do all I can to help save Moby's family. 

Our goal with Skaana is to talk about what we can and should do to save orcas and our oceans.

Even the most basic podcast requires paying for space to host data, recording equipment, software and time for researching, recording, editing, posting and promoting each episode. And right now our focus is on hiring students from the University of Victoria  to help us create these episodes during the Covid crisis.

When I made my movie, The Green Chain, I created and hosted a podcast featuring some of the world's most fascinating voices on forestry issues. The series ran on The Tyee and on the NFB website and the interviews were collected in the book, The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clearcut. So we'll do all we can with the stories we find for Skaana.

Thanks for making Skaana happen!

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Do you like reading? When we hit $800 we'll start posting transcripts of all our interview episodes. 

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