Bringing Her Home: The Lummi Claim to a Captive Orca

In honor of Earth Day, we dedicate the first ever Sentient Planet audio documentary to Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (also known as Tokitae and Lolita) – a wild Southern Resident orca confined to a tank in the Miami Seaquarium for the past 50 years – and to her indigenous relatives, who are working tirelessly to bring her home.

This is their story.

May humans wake up and end the captivity of cetaceans and all other caged and shackled sentient beings throughout our world.

Call to Action: Join the campaign to free Tokitae and sign the petition here.

Traditional music: The Blackhawks, “Lummi Nation Anthem, Survivors of the Great Flood,” led by singers Lawrence and Denise Solomon; Lawrence is chairman of the Lummi Nation.

Music: “The Spaces Between,” by Scott Buckley.

And love to Ocean Networks Canada for the L Pod recordings.

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Susan Woodward

Susan is a writer and journalist with strong ties to Australia and the West Coast, USA. She resists the corporate destruction of nature and is a passionate defender of our more-than-human animal kin. You will often find her hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
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Liam Wilkinson

Liam is our sound engineer and podcast editor. When he isn't working on our audio, you'll often find him walking around the parks of England, cooking up a storm, or writing and performing nature-inspired music under the moniker "Salad Sage."
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Ari Simmons

Ari lives in Portland, Oregon and manages all our podcast's social media demands. She's an avid climate activist and solar energy specialist who is driven to foster a sustainable future inclusive of all living beings.
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Janet Grimwade

Janet has a strong background in graphic design, having built a career in Australia and the United States. Her passion lies in being active in nature.