Speared. Shot. Celebrity. How one whale transformed orcas’ public image

Speared. Shot. Celebrity. How one whale transformed orcas’ public image.

Find out how one whale redefined how we look at all orcas. Moby Doll was supposed to die– and really, who cared? It was 1964, and orcas were considered no better than vermin. They were competition to fishermen and, worse, rumored to attack humans.

A sculptor had speared Moby Doll, in hopes that the whale would be his (dead) model for a statue commissioned by the Vancouver Aquarium. The only problem was, the whale didn’t die. Instead, it would become one of the world’s first whale celebrities, garnering international fame and helping to launch an industry.

Read all about Moby’s rough path to fame— and about Moby’s keepers, who were forced to learn fast about orca behaviors and needs, in order to keep Moby alive. The full article is online, on the Vancouver Observer website!

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