Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The Whale

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The Whale

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The Whale By Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit. $59. Bullfrog Films. Oley, PA. 2010. ISBN: 9781937772667.

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Stakeholders in any situation see solutions from different perspectives. Those involved in the case of Luna, an abandoned, two-year-old orca roaming off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, were no exception. The whale attracted worldwide attention and affected a community. Each stakeholder held strikingly varied opinions about what to do with this lonely whale.

The Whale: The True Story of Luna is a film that chronicles how a whale separated from his pod becomes interwoven in the daily lives of people. It's difficult not to ascribe anthropomorphic traits to Luna as he interacts with individuals by trailing boats, nudging canoes, and seeming to play fetch by bringing floating sticks to outstretched hands. Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm were intrigued by Luna when they worked on an article about him for the Smithsonian. …

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