Taylor Bailey | The First Orca Capture

Written by on May 20, 2016


In this episode, we discuss the first successful orca whale capture by Marineland of the Pacific. While the whale, Wanda, didn’t survive long, her capture caught the imagination of entertainers and the interest of the scientific community. We delve into the events of that day, subsequent captures, Judy Collins and approaching biology from a historical standpoint.

Taylor Bailey is a first year master’s student of history at Portland State University. He’s writing his thesis on the history of killer whale captures and studying animal and environmental history as well as the 20th century Pacific Slope. Taylor also holds a BA in Political Science from Otterbein University. Prior to moving to Portland to pursue his MA, he worked at Farm Sanctuary, a rescue facility in Northern California that cares for abused or abandoned farm animals. Taylor is currently an intern at the Pacific Historical Review, and will be serving as the Caroline P. Stoel Editorial Fellow for the 2016-2017 year.

Marineland, CA map, 1959

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A posthumous photograph of Wanda

The Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA, Nov 16, 1913, Image 53
The Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA, Nov 16, 1913





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