Welcome to ErichHoyt.com

I have spent most of my life working with whales and dolphins and other ocean creatures in more
than 50 countries. I have also worked in the rain forest — looking at ant societies and rain forest
ecosystems. I love new frontiers and I see my writing as a chance to explore the outer edges of

what we know about wild animals, the ocean and the Earth; to give a voice to these other lives;
and to try to shape in a positive way the human relationship to wild nature.

Please feel free to visit my blog or any of the other  links on this page. The books section gives
a preview of the books I have written, with reviews collected by my publishers. The downloads
page offers downloads of papers, articles, reports, poster-maps and whale and dolphin sounds.
See the talks page for more about the talks and presentations I give. Watch the video of my new

book by clicking on the leaping orca below.

From 2016-21, I plan to continue working with Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (we co-chair the
IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force) and colleagues Mike Tetley, Simone
Panigada, Margherita Zanardelli and others to implement a new conservation tool called “Important
Marine Mammal Areas”, or IMMAs. Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals have largely been
left out of habitat protection efforts in national waters and on the high seas. The identification and

mapping of IMMAs is urgently needed and will lead to greater protection for a wide range of ocean

species and habitats. IMMAs will also provide checks on existing MPAs. Are they in the right place?

For more information about our IUCN Task Force, go here. This work is being coordinated
through the Healthy Seas Programme of WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation,
an international conservation group based in the UK, US, Germany, Australia and Latin America,
and through Tethys Research Institute.

                                                                                                                    — Erich Hoyt


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*** Follow and download most of my publications on ResearchGate here.

*** You can buy signed copies of my books to be shipped worldwide from
http:/erichhoytbooks.com. All of my books are also available on the various independent
and other book sites, including hive.co.uk http://bit.ly/2vyviTe and from independent

book stores. See the book video here with fantastic drone and other video clips.


Coming in Aug. 2019: the expanded, updated fifth edition of Orca: The Whale Called Killer.
It will have a new cover, all new photos, new maps (Lesley Frampton) and illustrations
(Haruyoshi Kawai) and about 100 new pages of text to update the original story and talk
about the Far East Russia Orca Project working in Kamchatka and the Commander Islands
since 2000.

Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises awarded in 2018: “One of the best

reference titles of the year” from Library Journal in the U.S. and honorable mention,
runnerup for best children’s /young adult book from the American Society of Journalists
& Authors, New York.

October 2017. My latest book arrived in stores and online sites including all the
sites plus the Wordery, hive, BarnesandNoble. Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins
and Porpoises
(large format, 400+ photographs & illustrations) is published by Firefly Books
in US, Canada, UK, Europe & the world.
To buy a signed copy, which can be personalized,
go to
http:/erichhoytbooks.com . Have a look at the video we made for the book here.

April 2017. In Tonga with reps from most Pacific Island countries and territories to help
push forward the Tonga Declaration and SPREP agreement
to forge a new 5-year plan to
work for whale & dolphin conservation in the region.

March 2017. Our IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force work took us to
Samoa where we held a workshop to create 28 candidate Important Marine Mammal
Areas (IMMAs)
in the vast Pacific Islands region for species such as sperm, humpback,
minke and melon-headed whales. See

November 2016. 41 candidate Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) were nominated
in the Mediterranean for greater recognition as a marine mammal habitat. This pioneer

workshop is the first of a series that moves next to the South Pacific (March 2017), followed

by the Indian Ocean in 2018 and beyond. See blog.

October 2016. The Ross Sea gets protection! See blog.

October 2016. Our IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force held the first
IMMA workshop in Chania, Greece, hosting experts from most Mediterranean countries.
This work is sponsored by the MAVA Foundation with cooperation from Tethys Research
Institute and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

*** New 2016-2017 papers for free download:

— on all white killer whales, humpback whales in the North Pacific and on a new species
of Baird’s beaked whale, go to researchgate.net/profile/Erich_Hoyt

— on marine mammal spatial areas and a new world map showing marine mammal
areas: marinemammalhabitat.org as well as IMMA reports for the Mediterranean (July
2017) and the Pacific Islands (Oct. 2017).

September 2016. Our IUCN Marine Mammal
Protected Areas Task Force
held a round table
discussion on ship strike issues in Hawaii at the
IUCN World Conservation Congress.

June 2, 2016. Celebrating Whale Watching in
We had a full audience, good questions

and trading whale stories into the night...

January 2016. Important Marine Mammal Areas
were in the spotlight at the final
morning plenary session at the Society for
Marine Mammalogy biennial conference.
In 2016, in September and November, we have
planned further events at the IUCN World

Conservation Congress in Hawaii and the
ICMMPA 4 Conference in Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico which leads into the Convention on
Biological Diversity meetings also in Mexico
at the end of 2016.

December 2015.
Whales Through a New Lens by Erich Hoyt | Hakai Magazine.pdf was named one of
the “Ten Best” Hakai articles of the year. Check out this great new online magazine
http://www.hakaimagazine.com/series/ten-best-2015 . It is currently offered

free of charge.

November 2015. The secrets of whales and dolphins revealed. A blog with links to a story
about a legendary whale conference that happened 40 years ago in Indiana. It opened the
door to the study of wild whales and dolphins. Here’s a short recent CBC radio interview:
Erich_Hoyt_CBC_Radio_Intvw_7Oct15.wav reflecting on the conference, as well as the
Whales Through a New Lens by Erich Hoyt | Hakai Magazine.pdf.

October 2015. Orca Tour 2015 travelled to Washington State. I’ve written a new blog
reflecting on SeaWorld’s last stand in US waters, site of my recent talks.

September 2015. Orca Tour 2015 had 5 dates in the US Northwest and British Columbia.
More details here.

Posters from the first two talks on Oct. 3 (Saturna Island) and Oct 6 (Sidney):


August 2015. Another Russian Orca Capture — this time three orcas have been taken.
Read more on my blog.

August 2015. I have put some of my co-authored papers on killer whales, Baird’s beaked

whales, humpback whales, North Pacific right whales, whale watching and marine

protected areas on the researchgate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erich_Hoyt

July 2015. Announcemen
t of the
Proceedings of the 3rd International
Conference on Marine Mammal
Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3) — now
available. At our ICMMPA steering
committee meeting in San Diego, we
began planning ICMMPA 4 for
Nov. 13-17, 2016, to be held in Puerto
Vallarta, México.
For more information,
downloads of past proceedings and

other information go to: icmmpa.org

March 2015. Humpback whales of the Russian Far East - Photo ID Catalog published by
Russian Geographical Society.
You can download a copy here: Каталог_горбачей 2014.pdf.

Free 2015 Orca Cal
endar from the Far East Russia Orca
Project (FEROP).

You can download the 2015 calendar (6 Mb) here:
FEROP Calendar 2015(2).pdf.  For more information and
updates about the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP),
please check out our
website, or join our facebook page.

Nov. 2014: The worldwide publication of the new,
expanded Creatures of the Deep
with all new state-of-the-art
photographs and new accounts of deep ocean discoveries.
Amazon and other sites have the book at discount. Convenient
links are below. Reviews from the current and previous
edition are

US: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesusa                    Germany: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesgermany      

Canada: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturescanada       France: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesfrance

UK: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesuk                      Spain: http://bitly.com/creaturesespana

Japan: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesjapan            Italy: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesitaly

China: http://bitly.com/hoytcreatureschina             India: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesindia

May 2014: Nine Stop lecture tour to Northwest
US and Canada
— Most venues were sold out on
my 9-stop speaking tour in the Northwest US and
Canada with Donna Sandstrom and The Whale Trail.
Places included: Saturna Island, BC, Canada (May 3),
Port Townsend, Washington, USA (May 7), Port
Angeles, WA (May 8), Newport, Oregon (May 10),
San Francisco, CA (May 13), Monterey, CA (May 14),
Santa Cruz, CA (May 15), Seattle, WA (May 18), and
Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 20). There were
receptions in most places and ample Q and A time,
plus books, posters and other materials available for
sale. Some talks were free; others had a small charge.



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