Puget Sound Whales for Sale: The Fight to End Orca Hunting by Sandra Pollard
The era of orca captures from 1964 to 1976 did great harm to Southern Resident orcas in many ways, some documented in the language of their ESA listing as an endangered population. The experiences the whales went through would be harder to document, but it must have been devastating for them. The responses of the whales to the captures is part of the story told in Puget Sound Whales for Sale. Human dramas and personal stories from those who were involved in the captures from all angles is woven in the history as well, and the most reliable and well-researched facts can be found here too. Author and certified marine naturalist Sandra Pollard traces the story and destinies of the many Southern Resident orcas captured for public display worldwide between 1964 and 1976. During this time, the endangered Southern Resident orcas lost nearly one-third of their population. Drawing on a wide range of interviews and archival material, this important volume recounts the people whose determined efforts ultimately succeeded in ending the captures.