THE REAL SEAWORLD – Humane Society Video Extolls the Wonders of Wild Killer Whales

Although released earlier, I thought I would send this great video around once more, in light of all the wonderful publicity being brought this summer to killer whales, in the ocean, and in captivity – where they both face serious challenges.

Titled “The Real SeaWorld,” it was shot by Frank Loftus, videographer for the Humane Society of the United States, on and around San Juan Island, Washington last summer, where most of the leading figures in my book Death at SeaWorld had amassed for a gathering called “Superpod II,” which is mentioned in the book’s Epilogue.

The video features three of the four former SeaWorld trainers profiled in my book, and in the new documentary Blackfish, Samantha Berg, Carol Ray and Jeffrey Ventre, as well as Naomi Rose – another leading protagonist in the narrative and top orca scientist – and me.

It really makes you want to go see killer whales in the wild, I think, just as we did on that glorious July evening, depicted in this video, when the platinum sun was waning and the wild orcas were leaping, much to the squealing delight of many children gathered on the cliff. Priceless family entertainment. Price of admission? Zero.

I hope you enjoy it, it’s only four minutes long. I also hope you can make it to San Juan Island or the surrounding Salish Sea one day. Achingly beautiful, it’s a place where one truly discovers that only wild whales are real whales. Those confined to swimming pools, as Sam Berg says at the close of my book, “are not real whales, they are facsimiles of whales.”

Please watch and decide for yourself, then send this along to five friends who are on the fence or have no opinion when it comes to keeping killer whales in captivity. Thanks, as always!

David Kirby

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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