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

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

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By (author) David Kirby

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  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 233mm x 32mm | 513g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 1250031257
  • ISBN 13: 9781250031259
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 30,253

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Death at SeaWorld centres 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 Naomi Rose, a marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the U.S., 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 publicised among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks.

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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. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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`Kirby makes a passionate case for captivity as the reason orcas become killers (and) tells the story like a thriller. His argument is, for the most part, fair and persuasive... We probably can't free the orcas in captivity today, but we could make the current group of captive killer whales the last.` `--Wall Street Journal`` ``A chilling depiction... Kirby lays out a compelling scientific argument against killer whale captivity`-`New Scientist``A gripping inspection... Hard to put down.``--Booklist` (***Starred Review) `Brilliantly and intensively researched and conveyed with clarity and thoughtfulness, Kirby's work of high-quality non-fiction busts the whale debate wide open... Reads like a thriller and horrifies like Hannibal Lector.` -- San Francisco Book Review - FIVE STARS `Kirby shows that the reality (of orca captivity) is more akin to a circus, in which any benefits are outweighed by the cost to the whale - and sometimes to the keepers.`--Financial Times `Thorough and disturbing... One of the great books of the summer` -`Columbus Dispatch` `SeaWorld got a firm slap in the form of journalist David Kirby's fascinating and deeply disturbing book.``--Christian Science Monitor``An outstanding book... very-well written, extremely well documented, and timely.``--Psychology Today```#1 Readers Poll Choice for Summer Books -`Wall Street Journal Online``An informed narrative that strongly suggests that despite their name, only when captured do the mammals become dangerous to humans. Free Willy, indeed.`--`New York Daily News``Kirby has done his homework and does an excellent job of educating the public about orcas in the wild, as well as highlighting the dangers inherent in keeping these highly evolved, intelligent animals in captivity.` `--Examiner.com`` ``A masterful work.``--Seattle Post Intelligencer`` ``Eye-opening poolside reading... Death isn't supposed to pop up in environments carefu