Drawing on interviews, official records, private archives, and his own family history, Jason M. Colby tells the story of how people came to love the ocean's greatest predator. Historically reviled as dangerous pests, killer whales were dying by the hundreds, even thousands, by the 1950s–the victims of whalers, fishermen, and even the US military.
Jason Colby has more than a historian's perspective on the era when orca whales were trapped and sold for profit and entertainment all over the world ... he tells [the Orca whales' legend] with the depth and passion the topic deserves.
Colby shines a light on how little we understand of these magnificent creatures. His book gives a glimpse into a mysterious yet strangely familiar world, brought to life in a story that's tragic, heartbreaking, and finally hopeful.
At times, the amount of detail included bogs down the narrative ... However, for the many readers interested in the orca's well-being, Colby has produced an originally argued and accessibly jargon-free consideration of a hot-button animal conservation issue.