Subseries Box 3 - Namu

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CA UVICARCH SC559-Series III-Box 3

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  • 1965 - 1983 (Creation)
    Griffin, Edward

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6cm of textual records

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Edward “Ted” Griffin is the founder and former owner of Seattle Marine Aquarium who launched the orca capture industry in the Pacific Northwest in the 1960s. In 1965, Griffin purchased and transported “Namu,” an orca caught in fishing nets in British Columbia, to Seattle Aquarium where Griffin trained the animal to perform and swim with humans. Following Namu’s capture, Griffin and his business partner, Don Goldsberry, went on to pioneer orca capture methods and supply oceanariums around the world with the whales. In 1972, Griffin retired from orca captures but remains heavily involved and interested in various marine mammal research projects.

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Sub-series consists of records relating to Namu the whale. Records include publications on Namu, promotional material, his bill of sale, and the necropsy report.

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