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 of relevant research, character studies of current and former SeaWorld trainers and executives, and an extended profile of Naomi Rose, PhD, marine mammal scientist for The Humane Society of the United States and senior scientist for Humane Society International.
“Death At SeaWorld” represents an exhilarating journalistic achievement—the reporting is singularly deep and wide, the research enormously meticulous, the storytelling as gripping as in a great novel.
After reading this book, you’ll never look at killer whales the same way again. If you think you know quite a bit about orcas, you don’t. If you don’t know all that much about orcas, you will.