The Late Show | Jul 26, 2011 | 27:29

Jon Lien - Episode 5

Jon Lien was the Whale Man, a shaggy-haired Viking from South Dakota who saved hundreds of whales from certain death in the waters off Newfoundland; the animal behaviourist found a way to get the marine giants co-operation, to let him free them from the fishing nets they were trapped in. In the process, he helped two species - the fisherman and the whale - learn to co-exist. He was also a passionate professor; an organic farmer; and a man who loved life - and his family - in equal measure. Jon was and is an inspiration to those who seek new and innovative answers to old problems.

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