Death at SeaWorld

Death at SeaWorld

Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

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This book is a scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America's most beloved marine mammal park. It 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 United States, Naomi Rose, the author tells the story of the two-decade fight against public relations-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. The author puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau's death was the most publicized among several brutal attacks that have occurred at SeaWorld and other marine mammal theme parks. This book 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 the book 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250002020
1250002028
9781250031259
Characteristics: viii, 469 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Death at Sea World

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To end the whale and dolphin captive industry. DON"T BUY A TICKET!!!!!!!!!! Buying a ticket only supports the slaughter and kidnap of small cetaceans (whales and dolphins) In the small town of Taiji Japan. (watch "The Cove" for details) But this book is the Best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bandblair Sep 03, 2014

Supremely well-researched and written. Read this and see Blackfish.

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joywolf83
Feb 26, 2014

Excellent eye opener. I already knew that conditions at sea world for their trainers and the workers were terrible however this really brought it home how the treat the actual animals are just as bad if not worse. Some of these things that they mentioned was so common sense I was shocked of my own stupidity for not realizing it. For example these animals live in the ocean the ocean okay? that is their home and yet you're putting them basically in your bathtub. Then they wonder why these beautiful creatures have issues. It also made me think about how their tanks are well-suited for human pleasure but not for their own. for example they don't have any sea life to them, the ocean is not a devoid tank; But there's seaweed and different fish and rocks and all sorts of things. I thought it sad that Seawell continues to house these beautiful creatures simply for money And without any regard to the animals feelings. Also interesting that they don't really respond to allegations that they are unsafe and unfit place for these animals to live. It seems like logically if these claims that people are making were false they would be able to say that. For example yes we do work properly and here is the data logs to show that we give them so many fresh fish injected with fresh water. And here's the data log showing that only one of the whales are on any medicine. Instead they have data logs that they're trying to cover up that show that they're not getting fed properly And their main source of food is from their shows that they perform. Also data logs showing that all of their whales are on medication which seems fundamentally wrong. You don't have to be a well expert to realize these things need to change and that in the many years of them doing this, the industry seaworld has not changed.

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Nemo11
Aug 26, 2013

A really thought-provoking book that plunges into the world of captive orcas. Along the way, we get introduced to a series of human characters, their motives, their lives, and their connections with these very wronged animals. Another reason to love the library! As a (relatively?) new release, it would've been expensive to buy. Thank you OPL for adding it to your collections. Read this and discover why keeping orcinus orcas in captivity is so cruel to them...and ultimately to us. Just like tigers, lions, elephants, and monkeys, these are not circus animals. Just because it's in the water and not on dry land doesn't mean it's right.

I've never been to SeaWorld or Marineland. And after reading this, I have no plans to change that. If you've ever been, just check this out! Even if it won't change your mind, it may open your eyes to the cruelty behind-the-scenes in "sea parks".

janeeyre97 Dec 30, 2012

This is a very thought provoking book. David Kirby's meticulous presentation of information of orcas in the wild and in captivity is an eye opener. I have visited Sea World in the past and had no idea that the life of a captive orca is so miserable. I wish everyone would read this book.

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Drayjayeff
Nov 07, 2012

-a phenomenal book. I highly recommend it. David Kirby is a terrific writer. It’s easy to see why he’s an award-winning journalist and why he hasn’t written more books. His research is impeccable, but the level of detail only serves to enrich an absorbing and haunting narrative. I experienced a range of emotions while reading: from fascination with—and admiration for—these incredible creatures to disgust over the conditions they’re forced to live in and fury at those who profit from their misery. Republican billionaire, Stephen Schwarzman, chair of the Blackstone Group which owns Sea-World, was counting on Obama’s defeat to quell the mounting opposition to his theme parks’ ruthless exploitation of these complex and highly intelligent animals. Let’s hope the President’s re-election leads to the “ultimate showdown” raised as a possibility in Kirby’s Epilogue and the exploitation and torture of captive orcas and their notorious “breeding [actually, inbreeding] program" are ended once and for all!

kelleypoole Oct 02, 2012

This should be mandatory reading for every human! David Kirby did an absolutely amazing job in educating his reader about whales, combing through the mass of information about whales in captivity, and presenting every detail of the battle between anti-captivity activist and pro-captivity corporate world. I left this wanting to purchase it as a book for my kids and grandkids to find on my reading shelf. I was also motivated to go online and read more so as to stay uptodate on this saga, which continues with whales being kept in tanks and made to perform as if in the circus. Have everyone you know read this!

Metridium Sep 10, 2012

This should be mandatory reading for all here on the West coast. From the captures and slaughter of the SRKW to the first killing of a human being by an Orca at Oak Bay it's all covered in this well written and researched book. Highly recommended !

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"Captivity is still captivity. No matter how gentle the jailer, or size of the cell. It's still prison"

- John Hargrove

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Nemo11
Aug 26, 2013

....captive orcas had higher mortality rates than wild ones; now, new analyses of data up until 2010 had confirmed that the situation..."has worsened."

Captive female orcas were giving birth too young and too often, leading to a higher death rate among both adults and infants.

The most common cause of death...was infection. Chronic stress might also be an important factor in weakening the animals immune response.

p. 419 Death at SeaWorld

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