Ron Talks to hear whale of a tale

Author will speak about resident orca that survived a harpooning in 1964 near Saturna Island

This month’s Ron Talks will centre on the story of Moby Doll, a resident orca whale who survived a harpooning in 1964 near Saturna Island.

Author, journalist and activist Mark Leiren-Young is presenting about Moby Doll and what the orca are worth to British Columbians as one of this month’s two Ron Talks speakers on Wednesday. Leiren-Young won an esteemed Jack Webster journalism award for his 2014 radio documentary about the Moby Doll, which is believed to be one of the first displayed in an aquarium exhibit.

This month Leiren-Young published a full-length book about Moby Doll, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World. He’s also producing a film documentary on the same animal.

Ron Talks also presents Dr. Ed Ishiguro, who will talk about current virus threats. The professor emeritus of the University of Victoria will provide updates on zika, dengue fever, yellow fever, ebola and more.

Ron (Royal Oak Neighbourhood) Talks are free to the public and are held on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Crumbsy’s Cafe, 4525 West Saanich Rd.