If you haven’t seen it already, check out the trailer for the upcoming documentary “Blackfish,” about killer whales in captivity, Tilikum, the death of Dawn Brancheau and many other issues also covered in “Death at SeaWorld.”

It currently has over 600,000 views.

The film features four former trainers profiled in my book, and a brief appearance by me. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite was working on the film as I was researching and writing DASW. Our paths crossed often, and we collaborated and shared notes. As you will see, it is a very poweful movie!

The paperback version of “Death at SeaWorld,” which comes out on July 2, has a special promotional “splash” on the front cover urging readers to see the film. There may be other cross-promotional opportunities in the future, so stay tuned. Together, the film and paperback may indeed make this the summer of the captive killer whale.

About David Kirby

DAVID KIRBY is the author of 'Evidence of Harm,' which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) 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 which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work 'The Jungle.' His latest book, 'Death at SeaWorld,' was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down.”
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