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David Kirby on "The Whale" a Film

Davidkirby Our friend David Kirby is working on his third book, titled "Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity," to be released by St. Martin's Press in Spring, 2012.  Please read his latest on HuffPo titled: Ryan Reynolds and the Whale. Here's the intro below:

By now, most people have heard of the feature film Dolphin Tale, but there is another true dolphin story out there worth seeing, a remarkable film called The Whale.

This beautifully shot documentary tells the moving story of Luna, an infant killer whale who got separated from his family deep within a rugged fjord on Vancouver Island (killer whales are the largest members of the dolphin family). With no other orcas to bond with, Luna begins bonding with boaters and other people on the sound. What happens next is touching and quite amazing.

The film's executive oroducers are Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, and the narration is provided by Reynolds, who grew up in British Columbia. The Whale was a New York Times Critics' Pick and The Seattle Times called it, "A gorgeous and provocative film."

This brief clip of Luna playing with a fire hose and boaters in Nootka Sound will give some idea of what this little movie is all about.

I recently spoke with the couple who directed and produced The Whale, journalists Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm...




I haven't felt the same about killer whales since I saw a couple of them playing tail fin tennis with a baby seal in either "Planet Earth" or "Blue Planet." You'd be amazed how far up in the air a little seal can fly.

Then there was the gang of orcas who pursued a mother whale and her baby until they were able to separate the calf. They weren't hungry so they only ate the baby's tongue.

I won't be petting one any time soon.

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