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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 twenty thousand 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

About the Author

Mark Leiren-Young is a journalist, filmmaker and author of numerous books, including Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, for which he won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and The Green Chain, which is based on his award-winning film of the same name. His article for the Walrus about Moby Doll, the first orca publicly exhibited in captivity, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and he won the Jack Webster award for his CBC Idea’s radio documentary Moby Doll: The Whale that Changed the World. Leiren-Young is currently finishing a feature length film documentary on Moby Doll.

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"Mark Leiren-Young lays out the distressing tale of the capture of wild orca in the 20th century, and how one particular whale, Moby, became a kind of martyr. His book is detailed, edifying and amazing; it speaks to our dysfunctional relationship with the wild." — Philip Hoare, author of The Whale and The Sea Inside


"Highly readable and engaging." —John Ford, Adjunct Professor, Department of Zoology & Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia


"In this lively and entertaining book, Mark Leiren-Young tells Moby Doll’s story as no one has before." — Jason Colby, associate professor and specialist in the history of killer whales, University of Victoria


”Outstanding and inspirational. Similar to the award-winning Blackfish, this book could be a game changer.” —Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence


"An utterly fascinating read . . . profoundly moving." — David Neiwert, author of Of Orcas and Men


"Leiren-Young’s mesmerizing story of Moby Doll chronicles a key turning point in our understanding of orcas 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


“(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


"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

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