The Killer Whale Who Changed the World (Paperback)

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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World (Paperback)


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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."

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771643511
ISBN-10: 177164351X
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English