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Author Kirby, David, 1960-

Title Death at SeaWorld : Shamu and the dark side of killer whales in captivity / David Kirby.

Imprint New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    599.536 KIR    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description viii, 469 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [441]-451) and index.
Contents Blackfish. Marine biologist ; Trainer ; Capture ; Santa Cruz ; Johnstone Strait ; Hotdogging ; Residents vs. transients ; OrcaLab ; Happy talk ; Mama's boys ; Breakfast at SeaWorld ; Whale for sale ; Dissertation -- Dark Side. Arrival ; Humane Society ; Backstage doubts ; Blood in the water ; The case against ; Free Willy ; Protection ; Kiss of death ; Catch and release ; Tilly's Willy ; Better days ; The Salish Sea ; The strange case of Daniel Dukes ; Transatlantic ties ; Abnormal activities ; Ken and Kasatka ; Tenerife ; Death at SeaWorld -- After Dawn. Wake ; Battle stations ; Oversight ; Citation ; Superpod.
Summary 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.
Subject Brancheau, Dawn, 1969-2010 -- Death and burial.
Rose, Naomi A.
Sea World.
Humane Society of the United States.
Killer whale -- Behavior.
Captive marine mammals -- Behavior.
Killer whale -- Florida -- Orlando.
Animal attacks -- Florida -- Orlando.
Aquatic animal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Marine biologists -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9781250002020 (hardcover)
1250002028 (hardcover)

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