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Nature Marine Life

The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

by (author) Mark Leiren-Young

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Category
Marine Life, General, Animal Rights
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771641937
    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771641944
    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
    $16.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771643511
    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
    List Price
    $19.95

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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 popular Canadian performer, playwright and journalist. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and his award-winning drama, the romantic fantasy Blueprints from Space received a staged reading at New York's Open Eye Theatre. Mark's first radio drama, Dim Sum Diaries, received international attention when it debuted on CBC's Morningside in 1991. Mark's humorous commentaries have appeared in such publications as The Hollywood Reporter, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight. His writing has also appeared in The Utne Reader, TV Guide, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the South China Morning Post. Leirin-Young has two plays published by Anvil Press: Shylock and Articles of Faith.

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