- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books/David Suzuki Institute (Sept. 17 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771641932
- ISBN-13: 978-1771641937
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World Hardcover – Sep 17 2016
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”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(2016-05-05)
"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(2016-05-11)
"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(2016-07-01)
"Highly readable and engaging." —John Ford, Adjunct Professor, Department of Zoology & Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia(2016-07-01)
"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(2016-07-01)
"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(2016-07-01)
"An utterly fascinating read . . . profoundly moving." — David Neiwert, author of Of Orcas and Men(2016-07-01)
“(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(2016-01-08)
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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There was extraordinary cooperation with several government, private, volunteer, and conservation agencies. Quite unusual.
The obsessive devotion of several scientistist including Murray Newman, Pat McGeer the medical neuroscientist, and others was exceptional.
The process led to further capture of whales, who were later appreciated as orcas, not killers and then to the debate and evolution as to whether these intelligent mammalian creatures should actually be held in captivity.
Moby Doll, the whale, and all the activities around it, did change how the western world approached and managed whales. The book clearly outlines why there was a change in public and scientific thought on the intelligence, behaviour, and human interactions with these beautiful mammals
I couldn't put the book down. It is a smooth read for the cottage, winter vacation, or just at the fireside. I enjoyed it.
This book will inspire ideas in you that you never had before. Unless you're already as passionate as Mark, in which case it will reinforce that passion and push you to fight harder for what you care about. The Killer Whale Who Changed the World will change your world, so be ready for it when you start reading.
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