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Paul Spong is co-director of OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island in British Columbia ( and president of the non-profit Pacific Orca Society. He acquired a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from U.C.L.A. in 1966. Paul began studying dolphins and orcas in 1967, initially in captivity, then in the wild. His insights soon led to his involvement with Greenpeace in the save-the-whales movement during the 1970s, which culminated in the moratorium on commercial whaling agreed to by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1982. For years his work has focused on the long-term life history of the 'northern resident community' of British Columbia orcas, the protection of orca habitat, and cetacean welfare issues such as commercial whaling and captivity.