Of Orcas and Men

Of Orcas and Men

What Killer Whales Can Teach Us

Book - 2015
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The orca--otherwise known as the killer whale--is one of earth's most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, orcas have languages and cultures and even long-term memories, and their capacity for echolocation is nothing short of a sixth sense. They are also benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry--and the endangerment of their population in Puget Sound--that much more damning. In Of Orcas and Men, a marvelously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting, and scientific research, David Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings. Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal. In the tradition of Barry Lopez's classic Of Wolves and Men, David Neiwert's book is a triumph of reporting, observation, and research, and a powerful tribute to one of the animal kingdom's most remarkable members.
Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781468308655
Branch Call Number: 599.536 NEI


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Sep 14, 2016

This is a profound and well written book.

One of the things that irked me and made it difficult for me to fully enjoy was the use of "men" to refer to all people. This book was published in 2015 and I expect contemporary authors to have phased out this problematic practice. An easy thing to change to make the book more inclusive.

Aug 09, 2016

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time - so good that I purchased my own copy to read again. If you live in the NW, this is a must read. Orcas are truly amazing creatures that deserve our respect. This books helps us see how we are all interconnected and how our daily actions as humans deeply affect the animals and habitats around us. When an orca dies and washes up on shore, it has to be treated as a toxic waste site because of how many toxins and chemicals are absorbed into their bodies. We can help change this by thinking twice about the products we use, the waste we produce and how we treat our water.

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