Orcas Everywhere

The Mystery and History of Killer Whales
Orcas are found in every ocean on the planet. But can they survive their relationship with humans? Orcas Everywhere looks at how humans around the world (Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike) related to orcas in the past, how we relate to them now and what we can do to keep cetacean communities alive and thriving. The book deals with science, philosophy, environmentalism and ethics in a kid-friendly and accessible way. Writer, filmmaker and orca activist Mark Leiren-Young takes us back to when killer whales were considered monsters and examines how humans went from using orcas for target practice to nearly loving them to death. If you know a young person who loves Free Willy or Finding Nemo, they will fall in love with these whales.


What People Say

Pages filled with photographs, impassioned narrative, “Orca Bites” (facts), and further research resources make this title one for all libraries.



A fascinating subject related with passion.

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

An amazingly accessible and fun book that explores our relationship with whales over millennia.  The reality of their complex and intelligent behaviour should give anyone pause in assuming human superiority.

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

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Check out The Hundred-Year-Old Whale (the story of Granny)!
Available to watch on CBC Gem and Vimeo
OR... read The Killer Whale Who Changed The World

Orcas Everywhere
2020 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book


News and Updates


It was love at first splash when Mark Leiren-Young met Granny, a hundred-year old orca that he wrote about for a documentary and a book. Everybody knows orcas are awesome…

Scarlet Fever: Saving Scarlet or Spinning Scarlet?

I was talking about Scarlet on CFAX radio yesterday right after sitting in on the virtual press conference about the headline-grabbing plan to save the sick orca. The last vet to see her, Joe Gaydos, from the SeaDoc Society said Scarlet was like “the Energizer bunny.” It was astonishing how much energy the little orca still had. He also said she was the “thinnest” orca he’d ever seen.

To podcast or not to podcast

“In the future everybody will have a podcast for fifteen episodes.” – Andy Warhol At least I think Warhol said that. I’m sure I read it on Facebook… I took…

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Declaration of Rights

We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing.