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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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Detailed, edifying, and amazing.”
Philip Hoare, author of The Whale and The Sea Inside
Leiren-Young’s mesmerizing story of Moby Doll chronicles a key turning point in our understanding of orcas on Canada’s west coast 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? and The Pristine Coast
Outstanding and inspirational. Similar to the award-winning Blackfish, this book could be a game changer.”
Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts
"It is heart-wrenching to read through all of the misconceptions people had about whales only 50 years ago, and tougher still to realize that orcas and other whales still face significant challenges to their long-term survival."—Bellingham Herald
"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
An utterly fascinating readfull of revealing detail, rich with insight, and in the end, a profoundly moving work that illuminates the history of the fast-evolving changes in our relationship with one of the planet's most intelligent and intriguing creatures.”
David Neiwert, author of Of Orcas and Men
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vitally important to understand what we are doing to killer whales.
They are evolving like us and have a language, a way of life and
they cry when their babies are stolen from them. Why would we do
this anymore? Mark Leiren's book is a necessary heart breaker. We
need to wake up because he tells the story of how other orcas tried
to save this baby, but it would always be too late.
Top international reviews
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.