The Spirit of Springer: The Real-Life Rescue of an Orphaned Orca
Illustrator: Levi Hastings
In 2002, a killer whale calf was discovered swimming alone in Puget Sound. This picture book follows the amazing true story of her identification as a member of the A4 pod, a family of Northern Resident orcas living off the coast of British Columbia, and the team of scientists who worked together against all odds to save her from starvation and reunite her with her family.
The challenges of capturing Springer, transporting her north from Puget Sound to Canadian waters, and coordinating her release to facilitate a hopeful acceptance back into her family are brought to life in beautiful illustrations that will appeal to readers of all ages.
This is a hopeful and celebratory conservation story with a happy ending: Springer gave birth to her first calf, Spirit, in 2013, and a second calf in 2017.
Further information about Springer and her pod, with photographs. Orca facts. Orca conservation tips. Where to see orcas. Resources. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Aug 2020
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Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus
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11" x 8 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A