It’s possible that a terrifyingly high proportion of babble listeners haven’t seen Free Willy, which, if the case, is truly appalling. Not being alive in 1993 is NO EXCUSE.

Anyway, it’s a film about an orca, and orcas – killer whales – are extraordinary beings, but beings we know bugger all about. So we decided to interview someone who knows rather more.

Enter Shilpa Shah, strategist and blogger for the wonderful Orca Guardians organisation in West Iceland. Shilpa is, by her own admission, completely obsessed with these animals, not only because of their remarkable social structures and astonishing intelligence, but because of what they might be trying to tell us about… us.

To find out more about Orca Guardians and their work, please visit You can even adopt an orca!

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