Britain has a single pod of orca, also known as killer whales, native to its home waters, although other orca visit from more northern regions. In 2014 Dr Natalie Sanders joined the crew of the HV Silurian to seek them out and study them before we lose them forever. In The Last Sunset in the West she discusses them one by one, and the many issues surrounding their lives in a captivating account that will take the reader deep into the history of our relations with the sentient and beautiful creatures.
After completing her PhD in marine biology, Natalie Sanders worked as a marine consultant and has authored several peer-reviewed publications, scientific reports, and a book chapter on marine protected areas. She has worked with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Vancouver Aquarium, and the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (Vancouver Island), and is passionate about supporting charities that work to protect our marine life. She lives in the southwest of England with her husband and children.
"Natalie Sanders conveys both the magnificence and fragility of this remarkable creature."
– Vanessa Collingridge
"A wonderfully passionate account."
– Gordon Buchanan
"Thought-provoking and very timely."
– Mark Carwardine, author of Whales and Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide to Marine Mammals