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Orca: The Whale Called Killer
     

Orca: The Whale Called Killer

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by Erich Hoyt
 

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"Hoyt's passionate sense of kinship with orca makes his account effective as both a science and literature. He has chronicled his adventures and discoveries ...with grace, insight, wit--and a comprehensiveness that might satisfy even Herman Melville."
(Discover Magazine)

Star performers in aquariums and marine parks, killer

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"Hoyt's passionate sense of kinship with orca makes his account effective as both a science and literature. He has chronicled his adventures and discoveries ...with grace, insight, wit--and a comprehensiveness that might satisfy even Herman Melville."
(Discover Magazine)

Star performers in aquariums and marine parks, killer whales were once considered to be too dangerous to approach in the wild. Erich Hoyt and his colleagues spent seven summers following these intelligent and playful creatures in the waters off northern Vancouver Island, intent on dispelling the killer myth. Orca: The Whale Called Killer is Hoyt's exciting account of those summers of adventure and discovery, and the definitive, classic work on the orca or killer whale.

The Free Willy films, inspired in part by Hoyt's pioneering writing about orcas, tell the story of a captive orca being returned to the wild. (Hoyt, in fact, recommended Keiko, the orca who became the star of Free Willy, to Warner Bros.) But Orca: The Whale Called Killer tells the true story of wild orcas befriending humans.

Editorial Reviews

ABC-TV News - Roger Caras
There is nothing wildlife needs more urgently than truth, for once people understand, people will act with preserved habitat, protective legislation, the tools of conservation. Erich Hoyt tells the truth about the orca in his fascinating book Orca: The Whale Called Killer. It is in itself a conservation tool. Required reading.
San Diego Union Tribune - Elizabeth N. Shor
A fine record of observations accumulated by patience and cautious persistence...presented somewhat in diary form of the summers with the whales, and interwoven with facts....The result is a well-compounded blend of close-up nature observation, scientific knowledge, and history. Bonuses are interesting asides on the scenery and wildlife, the lumbering, salmon fishing, and the local flavor of northern Vancouver Island. Hoyt's theme is preserve killer whales in their natural environment. He makes a good argument for it.
Canadian Geographic - Edward Mitchell
A well-written, balanced account ... interspersed in the story are excellent summaries of our current knowledge about orca attacks, feeding behavior and hearing acuity. Aside from maps and photos, 8 well-referenced appendixes and a 14-page bibliography make it an important reference source for scientists.
Oceans - Ronn Patterson
Monumental achievement...the best whale book in years.
ABC-TV News
There is nothing wildlife needs more urgently than truth... Hoyt tells the truth about the orca in his fascinating book.
— Roger Caras
San Diego Union Tribune
A well-compounded blend of close-up nature observation, scientific knowledge, and history.
— Elizabeth N. Shor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Akron Beacon Journal
An enchanting story of adventure and discovery, one told with style, insight, charm and thoroughness.
Philadelphia Inquirer
I have never read a better book on whales, partly because Hoyt writes so well ... The developing relationship between the whale-watchers and these magnificent mammals makes absorbing reading ... The book contains valuable scientific and historical appendixes and an excellent index ... Don't miss it!
Cleveland Plain Dealer
An engaging picture of the life of killer whales ... Hoyt's style is easygoing and comfortable, and as well organized as it is informative.
Canadian Geographic
A well-written, balanced account ... interspersed in the story are excellent summaries of our current knowledge.
— Edward Mitchell, Arctic Biological Station [Canada]
Oceans
Monumental achievement...the best whale book in years.
— Ronn Patterson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780920656259
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/1990
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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What People are Saying About This

Packed with action, [this] is the only [book] I have ever read that treats this glamorous sea predator in depth.
Niko Tinbergen
One of those rare, genuine books about a wild animal.
— Nobel Laureate, 1973
Sir Peter Scott
Erich Hoyt's book is a splendid introduction to one of the most fascinating and charismatic animals in the world.
— Founder, World Wildlife Fund
Roger Tory Peterson
Packed with action, [this] is the only [book] I have ever read that treats this glamorous sea predator in depth.
— naturalist, artist, author of Peterson Field Guide

Meet the Author

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Creatures of the Deep, Meeting the Whales, Riding With the Dolphins, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives, Hoyt lives in Scotland.

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Orca: The Whale Called Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! Any one who enjoys orcas, animals and nature like I do, should defenently read this outstanding book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv it lovely details and all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it, except I was wondring, I know a cat named Orcalily that looked like that kit! I loooooove it! 4 stars! Keep it up!
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Keep it up.
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Swims in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Hoyt's in-depth narrative. This book is ideal for anyone interested in orcas or even those who were moved by the recent documentary "Blackfish". This book chronicles the life of orcas in the wild and captivity as well as man's curiosity for them. Aside from the content of this book which is entertaining, informative and humbly written, lies the integrity of the writer. Hoyt and his colleagues use their knowledge and research to advocate for and find solutions for environmental detriments to the whales. I think that their solutions to threats like whale hunting or logging near orca's habitat proves to be helpful in preserving our environment and ecosystem as a whole. The personal accounts in this book take the reader to that moment of first contact with whales without the reader having to go on an actual boat ride to do so. This book is an excellent resource to learn about orcas. I highly recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dispels myths about these marvelous creatures and hopefully raises awareness at how wrong captivity is for these mammals.
Andrea1WA More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for learning more about orcas and their travel patterns and family pods for the Northern Residents living in British Columbia. It is difficult to find books on orcas, so it is worth reading. There is also history on what the BC provincial government has done regarding logging practices, fish farms, and commercial fishing, and how the government's practices have affected the orcas. There is also a great history of the captures done in the Pacific Northwest in the late 60s and 70s, with a list of all the captures and what happend to the whale after capture. This is also a very sad book. It shows our ignorance and lack of respect for the orca and their families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book that I have ever read! Erich Hoyt truely captures the life of these magnificent animals. Do your self a favor and read this book, you are sure to love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DISTURBING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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