(Photo sequence by Ingrid Taylar)
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of many books, including the recent "Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About Human Nature."
No kidding. I really would. What sets me off can be just about any account of an atrocity, because my first thought is: no orca ever does this. The latest was reading about the "desaparecidos" in Argentina during the years of the junta, the brutal dictatorship that "disappeared," i.e., murdered some 30,000 people from 1976 until 1983. In my latest book (Beasts) I wrote about the fact that humans had killed some 200,000,000 of our own kind during the 20th century alone, and during that same time, orcas had killed exactly zero of their kind. Reading in my favorite new site, "The Dodo" about the female orca who is 103 years old, made me think about her life. She is surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She travels constantly, sometimes 100 miles in a single day. She eats what she has been taught to eat, but other than that, causes no harm to any other living being. Most definitely not to other orcas.