Whale lore: 'Touching This Leviathan'

Author explores the mysteries of the Earth's largest mammal

 

Last updated 6/17/2021 at 10:19am

Peter Wayne Moe

Peter Wayne Moe

Peter Wayne Moe was maybe 8 or 9 when his parents took him to a traveling exhibit in an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Spokane. The main attraction: whales.

Inside, the lights were dimmed. Green plastic dangled from the ceiling to represent seaweed. A whale's song blared from speakers.

Also hanging from the ceiling were life-size plastic replicas of 100-foot plastic whales, some of them of the killer whale type.

"It was supposed to be educational," said Moe, now 38 and an associate English professor at Seattle Pacific University, where he oversees the writing program. "I remember...



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