Operation Orca

Author: Daniel Francis
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company
ISBN: UCSD:31822034556670
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Nature

Killer whales once had a reputation that was even fiercer than their name. But in 1964 the Vancouver Aquarium obtained its first killer whale, Moby Doll, and discovered that they were not the vicious man-eaters of legend. In January 2002, scientists reunited "Springer," a young orphaned whale found in Puget Sound, with her family in BC. At the same time another lone whale turned up on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The people of Nootka Sound adopted "Luna" as their own. Another rescue was planned to return Luna to his family but this time there so no happy ending. In OPERATION ORCA, award-winning author Daniel Francis gives breadth to the political debate of whether to interfere or let nature take its course.

A to Z Mysteries Super Edition 7 Operation Orca

Author: Ron Roy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780553523980
Release Date: 2015-07-28
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Thar she blows! Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are on an Alaskan whale watching adventure. On their first day, they see a mother orca and her calf. But the next day, the baby orca is missing! The calf needs its mother’s milk. Can the kids solve this whale of a mystery? The alphabet is over, but the mysteries continue in this seventh A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, featuring a 26-letter secret message hidden in the illustrations.

Operation Orca

Author: Ron Roy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 055352397X
Release Date: 2015-07-28
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

"Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose must solve a mystery when they go whale watching in Alaska"--

Operation Orca Rescue

Author: Kimberli Bindschatel
Publisher:
ISBN: 0996189033
Release Date: 2015-07-22
Genre:

A notorious wildlife criminal is trolling Norwegian waters, preparing to illegally capture a live killer whale for a mega-aquarium. Before you can say Call Me Ishmael, Special Agent Poppy McVie's on the case. She'll be damed if she'll let one more killer whale be sold into slavery, sentenced to live in a bathtub for the rest of his life. Armed with attitude, Poppy and her new partner, Special Agent Dalton, go undercover to avoid the political entanglements of a whaling nation. But working so closely with Dalton causes entanglements of its own. No matter the danger, Poppy's determined to hook the one man who's never been caught.

Cobra Strike

Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781554695942
Release Date: 2007-03-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

After discovering tainted water in the creek near his grandmother's cabin in the Kentucky hills, senior Roy Linden slowly uncovers a connection between his high school team's new star quarterback, his own football future, and the source of the pollution. Roy Linden should be thrilled. His high school football team, the Johnstown Striking Cobras, just got a new quarterback, and that means a chance at a winning season and a college scholarship for Linden, the team's senior receiver. But then he stumbles onto a deadly secret in the small coal-mining town. Revealing this toxic threat may cost him his best friend and his football career. But remaining silent could cost him much more.

Orca

Author: Jason Michael Colby
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190673093
Release Date: 2018-05-08
Genre: History

Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2013, millions around the world have focused on the plight of the orca, the most profitable and controversial display animal in history. Yet, until now, no historical account has explained how we came to care about killer whales in the first place. Drawing on interviews, official records, private archives, and his own family history, Jason M. Colby tells the exhilarating and often heartbreaking 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. In the Pacific Northwest, fishermen shot them, scientists harpooned them, and the Canadian government mounted a machine gun to eliminate them. But that all changed in 1965, when Seattle entrepreneur Ted Griffin became the first person to swim and perform with a captive killer whale. The show proved wildly popular, and he began capturing and selling others, including Sea World's first Shamu. Over the following decade, live display transformed views of Orcinus orca. The public embraced killer whales as charismatic and friendly, while scientists enjoyed their first access to live orcas. In the Pacific Northwest, these captive encounters reshaped regional values and helped drive environmental activism, including Greenpeace's anti-whaling campaigns. Yet even as Northwesterners taught the world to love whales, they came to oppose their captivity and to fight for the freedom of a marine predator that had become a regional icon. This is the definitive history of how the feared and despised "killer" became the beloved "orca"--and what that has meant for our relationship with the ocean and its creatures.

Orca Boy

Author: J. R. Cummins
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1534621547
Release Date: 2016-06-20
Genre:

Reader ALERT!! Orca Boy is suitable for all ages. And stars a killer whale, a dog, and a teenage whiz kid martial arts champion. Orcas are the undisputed top predators on earth, and rulers of the ocean, and yet they have managed to create a soft spot endearing them to humans, their only real enemy. Reading Orca Boy will make you a believer that one compassionate young person doing what he knows is right, can make a difference. Orca Boy begins when a young orca (Pepper) gets tangled in a fishing net. Her mother brings her to Whale Cove - the one place a human helped her many years earlier. Josh, our 17-year-old hero befriends Pepper and saves her life, but in so doing, he runs afoul of federal law. Misguided government agents swarm in to arrest Josh and trap Pepper. On the run in a kayak, and hiding his playful orca friend, he doesn't have much more than his i-phone and a near genius wit. Josh rallies the local "Save the Whales" group to mount protests at the Fish and Game office locally and in Seattle drawing national attention and media scrutiny to the little island town of Friday Harbor, WA. He also uncovers corruption and an orca poaching operation that targets him for death. His kayak is discovered run down and destroyed five miles offshore, the Coast Guard mounts a search to no avail, and the police discover one of the Fish and Game boats has suspicious scratches and paint marks. Josh is not alone, he has help from Sammie, the kayaker sailing instructor girl next door, and her Golden Lab that become Pepper's unlikely favorite playmate. San Juan County Sheriff, Detective Danny O'Brien follows the trail of forensic evidence tracking those responsible, but Josh has already secretly hacked bank computers following the money trail to a memory care facility where a past orca researcher resides.

Togetherness Is Our Home

Author: Dr Astrid M. Van Ginneken
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1419662252
Release Date: 2007-02-28
Genre: Nature

Think of orcas, and you may instantly imagine the killer whales prowling the high seas in search of prey. Yet, these predators are much more than ruthless killers, and are in fact, complex creatures that feel and love within the groups they live. In pitch-perfect prose, orca expert Dr. Astrid M. van Ginneken puts the reader into the orca's mind as she tells the story of the young killer whale Tuschka. Born in the wild, Tuschka learns the ways of her pod of fellow creatures and experiences the never-ending search for food, the joy of play, and the sadness of loss. But then Tuschka is mercilessly taken from her home waters and transferred to a marine park, where her only solace is a trust in her human trainers. Will she ever again join her family in the wild? Fascinating and heartfelt, this is a novel that is an astonishing account of the bonds between whales, and the relationship of man and orca.

Secret Admirer

Author: Ron Roy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780553523997
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

"Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose must solve a mystery when they go whale watching in Alaska"--

A to Z Mysteries The Panda Puzzle

Author: Ron Roy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307540294
Release Date: 2009-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries® have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look! P is for Panda . . . There’s panda-monium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But soon, the baby is panda-napped for a million-dollar ransom. Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve the puzzle before Green Lawn has to pay up? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Dead in the Water

Author: Robin Stevenson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781554696000
Release Date: 2008-03-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Despite his father's opposition, Simon "Spacey" Drake is determined to become a long-distance sailor, so he signs up for a week-long live-aboard sailing course. The trip gets off to a rough start, but the real trouble begins when Simon and Olivia, another student, get curious about a nearby cabin cruiser in an anchorage. They investigate and stumble upon an abalone poaching operation, but the poachers have far too much at stake to let a couple of kids get in their way. Simon has always believed that the only person you can count on is yourself, but when he and Olivia find their lives in danger, he knows they will have to work with the rest of the crew if they are to survive.

The Goddaughter

Author: Melodie Campbell
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781459801257
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: FICTION

A young gemologist who happens to be related to the local mob is reluctantly recruited to smuggle diamonds across the border...with hilarious consequences.

Operation Grizzly Camp

Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel
Publisher:
ISBN: 099618905X
Release Date: 2016-10-15
Genre:

Deep in the wilds of Alaska, wealthy poachers kill bears for entertainment, an age-old bloodsport for the biggest, rarest trophies. Special Agent Poppy McVie and her partner, Dalton, go undercover to take them down. But to play the part, Poppy will actually have to hunt. Sure, she can handle a weapon, but use it on an animal? Not only that, this time around, she?s posing as Dalton?s sister. Can they hide the passion that?s been building between them?When Poppy and Dalton find themselves fighting for survival against the most vicious predator on Earth, Poppy faces the ultimate decision: kill or be killed.

The New Year Dragon Dilemma

Author: Ron Roy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375968806
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are enjoying a visit to San Francisco when Holden, their college-age tour guide, is accused of abducting Miss Chinatown from the Chinese New Year parade and stealing her valuable crown.

The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

Author: Mark Leiren-Young
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: 9781771641944
Release Date: 2016-09-13
Genre: Nature

The fascinating and heartbreaking account of the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale — a story that forever changed the way we see orcas and sparked the movement to save them Killer whales had always been seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the west coast of North America and displayed to the public in 1964. Moby Doll — as the whale became known — was an instant celebrity, drawing 20,000 visitors on the one and only day he was exhibited. He died within a few months, but his famous gentleness sparked a worldwide crusade that transformed how people understood and appreciated orcas. Because of Moby Doll, we stopped fearing “killers” and grew to love and respect “orcas.”