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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

Mark Leiren-Young



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Greystone Books,Canada
29 August 2017
Marine & freshwater mammals
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.
By:   Mark Leiren-Young
Imprint:   Greystone Books,Canada
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781771643511
ISBN 10:   177164351X
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   29 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and author. He received the Leacock medal for his memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, and the El Prat de Llobregat Award for his film The Green Chain. He lives in Vancouver.

Reviews for The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

(Leiren-Young) skillfully weaves whaling history and information about the growth of scientific knowledge of the whale life cycle and social behavior into this account ...This well-written book will appeal to general readers interested in the topIc Library Journal Detailed, edifying, and amazing. Philip Hoare, author of The Whale and The Sea Inside Leiren-Young's mesmerizing story of Moby Doll chronicles a key turning point in our understanding of orcas on Canada's west coast and details how we now see this species as the highly intelligent and evolved species that it is. Amazing. Scott Renyard, director of Who Killed Miracle? and The Pristine Coast Outstanding and inspirational. Similar to the award-winning Blackfish, this book could be a game changer. Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts It is heart-wrenching to read through all of the misconceptions people had about whales only 50 years ago, and tougher still to realize that orcas and other whales still face significant challenges to their long-term survival. Bellingham Herald The story of Moby Doll is one of those turning point tales that shows how far we've come in our relationship with animals and the sea. Bravo to Mark Leiren-Young. Erich Hoyt, author of Orca: The Whale Called Killer An utterly fascinating read full of revealing detail, rich with insight, and in the end, a profoundly moving work that illuminates the history of the fast-evolving changes in our relationship with one of the planet's most intelligent and intriguing creatures. David Neiwert, author of Of Orcas and Men The Killer Whale Who Changed the World is a must read by all who care about nature, species conservation, and animal welfare, and an eloquent example of excellent science journalism. -Canadian Science Writers & Communicators Award Jury

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