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'Operation Orca'

Harpoon station on Saturna Island (black and white) - 240 pix

The book Operation Orca (Harbour Publishing) recounts the efforts to save Springer in Puget Sound and Luna near Gold River from a lost whale's slow death. Along the way, in these four excerpts published by The Tyee, we learn about how our view of killer whales has profoundly changed in just a few short decades.

In This Series

opinion

Harpoon station on Saturna Island (black and white)

They Shoot Orcas, Don't They?

File this under weird BC history. The harpooning of Moby Doll.

By Daniel Francis and Gil Hewlett, 13 May 2008


opinion

Namu

Era of the Orca Cowboys

In the mid 1960s, whale wrangling became a coastal spectacle.

By Daniel Francis and Gil Hewlett, 16 May 2008


opinion

Orca, Killer Whale, Paul Spong, Chimo, Haida

How Not to Ship a Whale

The Flamingo Land saga, and other orca horror stories.

By Daniel Francis and Gil Hewlett, 20 May 2008


opinion

Skana at Vancouver Aquarium

After the Orca Gold Rush

When we finally counted killer whales, we learned we'd almost wiped them out.

By Daniel Francis and Gil Hewlett, 23 May 2008


Beware the ‘Weaponized’ Web, Says Guy Who Helped Elect Trump

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie on Facebook, democracy and hope.

By Zoë Ducklow