Sunday Talks notes: How we came to know and love the ocean’s greatest Predator.
Dr. James Colby, a history professor of the University of Victoria, gave a Sunday Talk May 5th called after his most recent book “Orcas: How we came to know and love the ocean’s greatest Predator.”
It was not a long time ago that fishermen in BC waters shot orcas from stealing their catches. At the same time orcas were mercilessly pursued and kidnapped from BC and Washington State inlets to be stuck in aquariums around the world. Now, we are trying to save the Southern Resident orcas.
What changed our minds and hearts to love them and save the orcas? They were once revered as the messengers of mystery and even gods themselves. They were then seen as pests or cash cows for ‘educational institutions.’ Now we see them as mighty but vulnerable creatures of intelligence and even culture.
The talk was informative and well attended.
Thank you Dr. Colby.