What is Episode 76 all about?
Somewhere along your journey, have you had a profound experience that completely altered your life’s course? Maybe it occurred while abroad exploring the world and encountering new cultures. Maybe it was in your own backyard after you saw your home in a new light. Or perhaps you encountered a particular plant or animal on a trail that emotionally moved you. Now, what if that profound experience inspired you to start a whale project in a remote Mexican village when you yourself are not a whale expert or researcher?
That’s what happened to today’s guest, Katherina Audley, founder of the Whales of Guererro project. Born in Alaska, Katherina grew up all over the United States following her father as he fixed the nation’s railroad system. When it came time to go to university, she first thought she was going to become a classical flutist but switched her major to Ancient Religion. After school, she spent the following three years traveling all over Greece and Europe having the time of her life. When she returned to California in 1997, she landed a job at the Exploratorium, an immersive science museum where she learned to write articles and hang around some of the best science educators in the industry. Five years into the job, she took a sabbatical to Mexico and completely fell in the love with a little fishing village called Barra de Potosí. She returned year after year, becoming a part of the community, and noticed that their livelihood was dwindling as less and less fish were caught by the fishermen. See a need, fill a need, as the old saying goes. She had a pure love of whales by this point and followed whale researchers around the world writing about their work. So, one day, she had the idea of starting a community-driven, sustainable whale tourism and research project – and the rest is history.
Alright, everyone. Here is my conversation with Katherina.
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Katherina in the Field
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Whales of Guererro
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