The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

by Mark Leiren-Young


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643511
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Loomings ix

1 The Sea Beast 1

2 Save the Whale 13

3 Canada's Captain Ahab 23

4 A Living Nightmare 33

5 The Terrible Struggle 45

6 The Pugnacious, Dangerous Monster 55

7 Superpod 65

8 From Moby Dick to Moby Doll 71

9 Million-Dollar Baby 83

10 The Ultimate Exhibit 95

11 Feeding Time 105

12 The Blackfish Gold Rush 117

13 The First Orca 135

14 The Whale Who Changed the World 149

Epilogue 171

Acknowledgments 179

Appendix 183

A Note on Research 185

Selected References 187

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