Grief Dreams Podcast

Episode 92 - Mark Leiren-Young - Orca Love Part 1

November 15, 2018

Mark Leiren-Young is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, satirist, director and author. His latest book, The Killer Whale Who Changed The World, is a national bestseller. He hosts the popular podcast Skaana and wrote and directed the award-winning documentary, The Hundred-Year-Old Whale. He was described by The National Post as “Canada’s go to guy for dolphins, whales, and trees”.


In this episode we discuss everything Orca (how they live, communicate, mourn, etc.). We start off the show by talking about a mother Orca, called Tahlequah (J35), who carried her dead calf for 17 days in British Columbia this past Summer. Additionally, we talk about other Orca stories, the grandmother hypothesis, his latest Orca book and documentary, his grief when certain Orca’s have died, and a dream he wants to have of Granny (a deceased Orca).


You can find more about Mark at:

  1. The Hundred Year Old Whale:

    1. on Vimeo:
    2. Facebook Page:
  2. Skaana Podcast:
    1. Patreon:
    2. Facebook:
    3. Twitter:
    4. Website: 
  1. Personal: 
    1. On the Web:
    2. Twitter and Instagram: @leirenyoung