The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

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The fascinating and heartbreaking account of the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale -- a story that forever changed the way we see orcas and sparked the movement to save them

Killer whales had always been seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the west coast of North America and displayed to the public in 1964. Moby Doll -- as the whale became known -- was an instant celebrity, drawing 20,000 visitors on the one and only day he was exhibited. He died within a few months, but his famous gentleness sparked a worldwide crusade that transformed how people understood and appreciated orcas. Because of Moby Doll, we stopped fearing "killers" and grew to love and respect "orcas."
Publisher: Vancouver : David Suzuki Institute/Greystone Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781771641937
Branch Call Number: 599.536 Lei
Characteristics: x, 188 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: David Suzuki Institute

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How did we first capture a killer whale for display? Leiren-Young details how it was all a just a fluke (no pun intended): they were supposed to kill the killer whale.


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Aug 09, 2017

This is a great book! I have lived in Vancouver all my life and been to the aquarium many times but had never heard the story about Moby Doll. It was on a recent trip to Saturna Island and a visit to East Point and the museum there which led me to this book. A really informative history on the people involved, what spawned from the capture of Moby Doll, and so much more! The summer of 1964 was more than the Beatles playing in Vancouver, it was the beginning of new thinking about Orcas and it all started in Vancouver!

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