Radio Free Orca: A Broadcast for World Peace


(vibrant music)
(creatures vocalize) – [Paul] Welcome to Hanson Island, a remote place on the
west coast of Canada, about 10 kilometers long
and two kilometers wide. This island belongs to two
groups, the First Nations and the orca. (vibrant music)
(creatures vocalize) For most of my life, I’ve
had the great good fortune of living here in this
incredible environment and studying this incredible creature, and it’s given me a sense
of peace in the world. I want everybody to have
that same experience. (vibrant music) (gentle music) My name is Paul Spong, and 47 years ago I was a young scientist at the University of British Columbia, and part of my job was to
study an orca in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. I came to understand that
orcas are acoustic creatures, because they’re using
sound to locate their prey. They get what they need
to live from sound. They should not be penned
up in concrete tanks that deprive them of
the sound of the ocean that they were born into. Ultimately, that knowledge
led me to search for a place in the wild where I could study orcas totally without interfering with them, and that search led me to Hanson Island, where I set up OrcaLab. We built a network of
half a dozen hydrophones that cover 50 square kilometers
of the surrounding area. And they give us live audio, so we can track their
movements, often 24 hours a day. 61 and 60 are there, I think. – Yeah.
– Yeah. For me, one of the
greatest experiences here is putting on a pair of
earphones and just listening. And then we have speakers in the forest, near the tents, near the
outhouse, near the camp kitchen, all of the spaces around here. (ship horn blows) One of the things you can’t
help noticing and feeling is the sudden intrusion of a boat, of a vessel, of a propeller. It’s jarring. (something whines) – [Researcher] What about. – [Paul] Here at OrcaLab, we listen to untold quantities of boat noise. It’s really annoying. We can always walk away
from it, but whales can’t. It disrupts their communication. It disrupts their ability to hunt. – They’ve had quite a
few breaches as well. – [Paul] Uh-huh. I think, from the point of view of the welfare of the whales, it’s something that has to be dealt with. What I want to do is develop
the ability of the people to get to feel empathy for the creature. Since 2000, we’ve streamed live audio, so that anybody with computer
access to the internet can listen to exactly what
we listen to in our lab. – Oh, look, it’s right up at the. – [Paul] What we’re trying
to do is give people a taste of what it is to be an orca in
this magnificent environment. In doing that, they will come to care and want to protect nature. I believe that if I can share
what I have experienced, the world could know peace. (gentle music)
(creatures vocalize)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Thank you guys for providing the link to orca-live.net in the description. I encourage you to include more links, when appropriate, in.future uploads.

  2. They tell how the orca's music get drowned in the noise from these ships and boats but shows the researchers using those same motorized boats. May be using small paddled boats or something in at least the video may have contributed to sending the right message.

  3. This is so so so beautiful. I too genuinely wish for all humans to begin feeling empathy towards not only this beautiful creature, but all that inhabit this world.

  4. The piano music from 0:49 is called "Little Trinketry" from a game called valiant hearts made by Ubisoft. You guys should reference copyrighted music somewhere.

  5. Listening of orcas is as istening of songs in foregin language. You might like the music and melody of song, but when you know what song means it may reject you.
    Orcas are big sea predators, I think they are mainly talking: "Hey orca Bob let's devour this seal!", or "The buzzing boat is coming!" and of course abot reproduction 🙂

  6. I bet on this remote island this scientist and his students feed on canned fish or tinned sardines. And that's the beauty of this world

  7. To everyone complaining about Paul using a boat to "chase" orcas, he does no such thing. Every use of the boat is very carefully and meticulously thought out. It is used for transportation only, and only when the orcas are not nearby. All of the research is land based and non intrusive. The orcas are monitored via a remote hydrophone and camera network that feeds back to the lab. This is done specifically so that the orcas are not interfered with. Please visit http://orcalab.org/about/ for more information. This is where the orcas belong, in the wild, not in a tank. Cheers!

  8. Do one about Østerskov efterskole in Denmark! it is a school dedicated to learning through play! and pen and paper rpgs and roleplay!

  9. I wish the world could all go vegan. So much in the environment would be improved, people could actually connect with animals.

    Can't wait to be bombarded with hate comments saying that "you can't be vegan without vitamin deficiencies" or some ridiculous bs.

  10. had no idea I can listen to them on that website, so glad I found this video, I envy you who get to see them so much in they're natural lives. I am planning a trip there to see it myself one day soon.

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