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The OTHER “Blackfish Effect”

Several people have asked what impact Blackfish has had on DASW, and I would have to say it has been very positive. This morning, the Amazon numbers were still running strong for Kindle and Paperback, especially for an 18-month-old title. … Continue reading

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New Blurbs for “Death at SeaWorld”

Much has been written lately about the growing controversy of keeping killer whales in captivity. “Death at SeaWorld” has been mentioned in much of the coverage. The following blurbs have been posted at the DASW review page at Amazon.com, or … Continue reading

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NYT’s Science Times Section Weighs in on Orca Captivity

Major feature, beautifully written, in Tuesday’s Science Times section of The New York Times that bills Blackfish and Death at SeaWorld as a twin assault on captivity, and gives ample coverage to Dr. Naomi Rose, who is a major figure … Continue reading

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NPR.org Interview with David Kirby on ‘Blackfish’ and SeaWorld

From Barbara King, author of the wonderful book, How Animals Grieve: ‘Blackfish’ Takes Aim At SeaWorld by Barbara J. King July 17, 2013 3:19 PM In a photo released by SeaWorld San Diego, Kasatka, a killer whale who is approximately … Continue reading

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Readers Rave about ‘Death at SeaWorld’

Critics have given ‘Death at SeaWorld’ some of the finest reviews imaginable. But what really counts is what readers think. I am proud to list highlights from some of the most glowing readers accounts, taken from Amazon.com and GoodReads.com. I … Continue reading

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DASW – One of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2012

The Columbus Post Dispatch has named Death at SeaWorld one of the top three nonfiction books of 2012. Quite an honor. Nonfiction • Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Whales in Captivity (St. Martin’s) by David Kirby: … Continue reading

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Talking Animals – WMNF-FM TAMPA: “An exhilarating journalistic achievement”

Kirby’s new book, “Death At SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity,” is a sweeping examination of all aspects of orcas in the wild, orcas in captivity (with emphasis on the titular SeaWorld), a wide array … Continue reading

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Fayetteville Observer: “I can’t put it down”

There’s a new book out today that I think is required reading for anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the glamour of SeaWorld. I was sent a pre-release copy and can’t put it down. The book … Continue reading

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Library Journal: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story”

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau‚Äôs death in 2010 after being attacked by a killer whale made headlines, but the story goes deeper. As Kirby shows, marine biologist and animal advocate Naomi Rose had already spent two decades challenging SeaWorld‚Äôs captivity of … Continue reading

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Animal People Magazine: “Captivity disrupts orca behavior in practically every manner”

Marine mammal trainer Dawn Brancheau,  age 40,  was on February 24,  2010 killed at SeaWorld in Orlando,  Florida,  toward the end of a lunchtime show with Tilikum,  known to most of the world these days as an orca,  but still … Continue reading

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