The 2017 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada award for "best general audience book” and was short-listed for the 2017 Hubert Evans Prize.
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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Fascinating from the first sentence.
There are countless interesting and memorable moments. This book is full of antidotes and facts,(the subject of Moby Doll it is not only phenomenally researched but the book is entertaining) to pick one moment would be unfair and would misrepresent the scale this book covers. This book covers multiple aspects of killer whales/Orcas, the biology and the evolution of the social perception, all in an engaging and entertaining way.
Mark Leiden-Young is the author of The Killer Whale Who Changed The World. For me, there could be no one better to read this book, he clearly knows his subject inside out. There is the sense of the personal touch to his narration that gave it a degree of originality.
I found the friendships between the Humans and Orcas to be particularly touching.
I bought this audiobook on a whim. By the end I felt emotionally attached to some of the characters involved human and non-human. My wife had to tell me to stop talking about it all. I think Mark Leiren-Young achieved something special. The book contains information and passion and was a true pleasure to listen too.
- Dallas Winston 9