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
They Shoot Orcas, Don't They?
File this under weird BC history. The harpooning of Moby Doll.
Era of the Orca Cowboys
In the mid 1960s, whale wrangling became a coastal spectacle.
How Not to Ship a Whale
The Flamingo Land saga, and other orca horror stories.
After the Orca Gold Rush
When we finally counted killer whales, we learned we'd almost wiped them out.