- Environment & Natural History
The powerful tribute to orca whales - a majestic species under threat
The orca is one of earth’s most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, they have languages and cultures and even long-term memories. Their capacity for echolocation is nothing short of a sixth sense. Despite their label as ‘killer whales’ they are often benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry and the endangerment of their population around the world that much more tragic.
In Of Orcas and Men, David Neiwert provides a compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting and scientific research on a majestic species. He explores the sometimes fraught relationship between this extraordinary animal and human beings, both in the wild and in captivity. 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.
‘In this powerful and beautifully written book, David Neiwert explores the extraordinary intelligence, rich social life, and obvious consciousness of orcas… highlights the need to rethink our relationship with other animals’ Jane Goodall, New York Times bestselling author of Seeds of Hope
‘Everyone who is interested in both animal and human behavior should read this remarkable book’ Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
‘One of the most comprehensive works to date for anyone who has become enthralled by this magnificent animal’ Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish
‘Humans and killer whales have a long and complicated history, one that David Neiwert describes forcefully and eloquently in this fascinating and highly readable book’ David Kirby, New York Times bestselling author of Death at SeaWorld
‘This book was 25 years in the making, as the level of detail attests. Most enjoyable’ The Bookbag
‘A wide-ranging, interesting book that should be required reading for school-aged environmentalists’ Kirkus
‘"Of Orcas” edifies and fascinates in many ways. The author’s research includes personal observations, news accounts, movies and interviews with scientists, advocates, environmentalists, caretakers and operators of whale-watching tours’ The Seattle Times