Of Orcas and men: what Killer whales can teach us.

Of Orcas and men: what Killer whales can teach us. David Neiwert.

New York: Overlook Press, 2015. Octavo, dustwrapper, black and white photographs.

The orca, also 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. This book provides a marvellously 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. Incredibly well researched, this book is a powerful tribute to one of the animal kingdom's most remarkable members.

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