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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

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By: Mark Leiren-Young(Author)

188 pages, 8 plates with b/w photos and b/w illustrations

Greystone Books

Paperback | 2017 | #235440 | ISBN-13: 9781771643511
Available for pre-order: Due Aug 2017 Details
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Hardback | Jun 2017 | #231430 | ISBN-13: 9781771641937
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About this book

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".


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Biography

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.

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