From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory comes DEATH AT SEAWORLD (St. Martin’s Press; July 17, 2012; Hardcover) a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America’s most beloved marine mammal park.  From the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, to other, less-publicized violent incidents, journalist David Kirby puts these brutal human-on-animal attacks in context and explores the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity.

DEATH AT SEAWORLD introduces the 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. Kirby follows the story of marine biologist and animal advocate Naomi Rose at the Humane Society of the US, whose warnings against keeping killer whales in captivity fell on deaf ears.  He also covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld’s glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean’s top predators.

Kirby also introduces the reader to various killer whales, also known as orcas, (who are actually the world’s largest dolphins) and how they rarely, if ever, harm humans in the wild and are among the smartest animals in the world.

12 Responses to ABOUT THE BOOK

  1. Levana Youdovitch says:

    I just ordered the book from Amazon, and can’t wait to read it! I saw the documentary BLACKFISH, and, couldn’t believe, that, such beautiful creatures have to live in such terrible conditions. They do not belong to us! G-d created them to roam freely in the Ocean, where they have lots of room to grow and feed, and live happy killer whale lives!!! I hope that places like SeaWorld and other Marine Parks learn their lesson, that, animals have feelings too, and they should once and for all stop this practice of literally kidnapping babies from their mothers, to use for their own greedy purposes! Thank you for writing this book, making ppl. aware of what is really going on behind closed doors! You have my full support in helping rescue and free all animals in captivity.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hate everyone how agrees with liars and cheaters
    P.S. that’s you, Blackfish. IIIIII HHHHAAAATTTEEEE YYYOOOUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      You sound like a child throwing a tantrum.

    • Anonymous says:

      You sound pathetic.

    • tara donovan says:

      Anonymous why are you treating everyone who dosent support SeaWorld. people are entitled to believe what they want Blackfish was very informative and sad. This is the first time ive been in the comment section and some of your responses are disgusting. Do you really think posting these gross comments makes you a better person?? It dosent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    P.P.S. ur stupid if u think a whale can fit in a bathtub

    • Anonymous says:

      The whales that are kept in captivity are kept in concrete tanks or pools that are the equivalent size to us, humans, being trapped in a bathtub for part of or all of our lives.
      Read the facts before you comment honey.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I found this a good book to read. . However if you do not have the time to read ” Death at Sea World “. . Try watching The film ” Black Fish ” It is the best documentary I have ever seen. . All the best and cheers :)

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Blackfish should not be used as a reliable source when researching the facts of animal captivity. There is a lot of information that is not being explained during the film. If you have taken the time to research articles (that aren’t biased) and still believe that animal captivity is bad, then I respect your opinion. What’s troubling is that people are easily persuaded whenever they read a “credible source” on the internet. It is ignorance from society’s knowledge that will end up hurting these animal in the long run, not animal captivity.

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