Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

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Macmillan, Jul 17, 2012 - Nature - 469 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory—a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America’s most beloved marine mammal park   Death at SeaWorld centers on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the US, Naomi Rose, Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Kirby puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau’s death was the most publicized among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks. Death at SeaWorld introduces real people taking part in this debate, from former trainers turned animal rights activists to the men and women that champion SeaWorld and the captivity of whales. In section two the orcas act out. And as the story progresses and orca attacks on trainers become increasingly violent, the warnings of Naomi Rose and other scientists fall on deaf ears, only to be realized with the death of Dawn Brancheau. Finally he covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld’s glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that
challenges the very idea of keeping killer whales in captivity and may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean’s top predators.
  

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Review: Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

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Review: Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

User Review  - Jenn - Goodreads

Wow. I read this book after watching the documentary Blackfish and feeling like I wanted to learn more about killer whales in captivity. This book certainly did that! David Kirby covered pretty much ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Prologue
9
BLACKFISH
27
1
29
2
37
8
43
10
44
Marine Biologist Trainer Capture
46
Kiss of Death
217
Catch and Release
227
Tillys Willy
235
Better Days
238
The Salish Sea
245
The Strange Case of Daniel Dukes
255
Transatlantic Ties
261
Abnormal Activities
273

Santa Cruz
51
Johnstone Strait
56
Hotdogging
64
Residents vs Transients
69
OrcaLab
77
Happy Talk
94
Mamas Boys
99
Breakfast at SeaWorld
105
Whale for Sale
116
Dissertation
130
DARK SIDE
137
Arrival
139
Humane Society ix
146
Backstage Doubts
155
Blood in the Water
167
The Case Against
178
Free Willy
197
Protection
209
29
285
Tenerife
298
Death at SeaWorld
304
AFTER DAWN
315
Wake
317
Battle Stations
334
37
340
Oversight
348
Citation
370
Superpod
389
Epilogue
425
Notes
441
Acknowledgments
453
Index
457
105
458
139
459
146
463
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DAVID KIRBY is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms. His science writing was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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