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“War of the Whales” event and book signing | The Whale Museum Friday Harbor

“War of the Whales” by Joshua Horwitz tells the true story of how a crusading environmental attorney, Joel Reynolds, stumbles on one of the US Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine surveillance system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound. After marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas, he must confront an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth. When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for a climactic showdown that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment.

Joel Reynolds is Natural Resources Defense Council’s western director. He has led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns, including campaigns to protect the gray whale birthing lagoon and World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja Calif., to reduce ocean noise pollution, and, most recently, to stop the Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. Ken Balcomb is a pioneer in photo-identification of cetaceans and is the founder of Orca Survey (1976), a study of Pacific Northwest southern resident Killer Whales (Orcas), and the founder of the Whale Museum in 1979. To pursue his primary interest in whale research, he founded the non-profit Center for Whale Research in 1985 and is its senior scientist.

The Sept. 12 event will begin with a Meet and Greet at The Whale Museum at 6:00 p.m. followed by a program and book signing at the San Juan Grange at 6:30 p.m.  A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested to help cover venue and travel costs.  For more information call 360-378-4710 ext. 23.  The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N.  Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  The Whale Museum can be found on-line at

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