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  • Tokitae’s capture in 1970 was one of the most infamous orca round-ups in history. Seven calves were taken, and five whales drowned. The public outcry following this capture helped put an end to the capture era in Washington State. Of those seven calves who were taken, Tokitae is the last survivor.
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  • Cynthia Beecher
  • 04-12-2021

Enthralling, mystical tale brings me to tears

I don't think I can fully put into words how moved I am listening to the story of Tokitae, a story so beautifully written and presented, with the right music and pace--I will revisit it many times. And weaving all the strands together are the voices of the witnesses to her capture, the scientist studying the current whales that visit the inlet, and the words of the Lummi tribe's chief, "What happens to her, happens to all of us." Tokitae comes to him in dreams, asking to be brought home to her pod after fifty-one non-stop years of performing in Florida in a small tank. This very touching true story makes me want to keep listening to all the chapters. It is a heartfelt reminder that we are connected to the natural world.

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  • 01-12-2021

Heart wrenching truth to fight for

I desperately hope she can be freed soon. Everyone needs to hear her story.

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  • Reed S Matheny
  • 22-11-2021

So so beautiful!

Hooked from the first word, I can’t wait for the whole series. Such a beautiful story, expertly told, about a subject so dear to my heart. Thank you!

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