Because all orcas have a way with words, decoding their 10,000 whistles is a lot of fun.
We sail out with microphones, plunk them in the water,
then listen as they badmouth dolphins, complain about squid—their “cheater’s camouflage”
and “that candy-ass getaway inksquirt maneuver.” “No respect for the food chain,” they click,
and move on, gone beyond our audio range….
Their word for bikini is “seaweed,” for fishing boat it’s “wants-too-many,”
but their name for themselves is impossible to translate . . .
something like “More than Wild Appetite,” or “It Takes More than Salmon to Be Full.”
Rob Carney’s fourth book, 88 Maps, was published by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Previous books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, both from Somondoco Press.