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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Great book, full of facts and stories
- Adam Miller
Couldn't put it down.
With humour and pathos, Mark puts us in the mind of the orcas. With his muckrakers precision he documents the first contact between humans and this amazing species.
Moby Doll, the first orca displayed in captivity.
Orcas and humans - first contact
Mark's reading of his own work is precise and entertaining. He tells the suspenseful narrative with panache, wit and a journalists attention to facts.
- Colin Heath