National Geographic : 1984 Aug
One of the first things research revealed was that not a single documented case exists of orcas attacking and killing human beings. The real turnabout in public opinion toward orcas started with the capture in the mid-1960s off British Columbia of Moby Doll, who died soon after, and Namu. Na mu's 450-mile odyssey to Seattle via towboat and submerged pen was aided by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Thousands of visitors and millions of TV viewers took the whales to heart, and their dread image began to fade. * Recently I joined Graeme and his as sociates during the killer whale census conducted every summer off Vancouver Is land. The count is taken by Canada's De partment of Fisheries and Oceans, for which Graeme has worked as a researcher. "We've come a long way in just ten years," Graeme said as we left the small port of Tele graph Cove in his 20-foot outboard. We were bound for Johnstone Strait, a narrow channel between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland (map, page 223). Here each summer hundreds of thou sands of salmon school before entering the *See "Making Friends With a Killer Whale," by Edward I. Griffin, in the March 1966 issue.