From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory comes DEATH AT SEAWORLD (Saint 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 orca-on-trainer attacks in context and explores the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity in DEATH AT SEAWORLD.
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|Best-selling author David Kirby|
|These two vibrant young people were killed by SeaWorld orcas just two months apart, Photo: Suzanne Allee|
|Dr Jane Goodall's powerful endorsement|
for the book Death at SeaWorld
Meet several of the protagonists in David Kirby's benchmark non-fiction thriller. All are professionals with advanced degrees.
|Dr Naomi Rose of the Humane Society|
Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist for Humane Society International (HSI). She oversees HSI campaigns to protect wild and captive marine mammals and is a member of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee. She has published popular and scientific articles, authored book chapters, and lectures annually at several universities. She participates in workshops and task forces at the international, national and state level. She received her Ph.D. on the social dynamics of killer whales in 1992 from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Jeffrey Ventre, MD is a medical doctor who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). He worked as a trainer at SeaWorld from 1987 - 1995, spending seven of the eight years with cetaceans. Although he is now an opponent of captivity his favorite whales at SeaWorld were Taima and Katina, with whom he performed regularly in 1994 and 1995. In June of 1996 he participated in "Orca Survey" with Ken Balcomb and Dr Astrid van Ginneken. Seeing free-ranging killer whales radically altered his perspective. In 2011 he co-authored a paper with John Jett PhD, which describes the health issues and decreased lifespans of captive orcas.
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|John Jett PhD with his daughter, Maya. Dr Jett was just|
nominated for "Teacher of the Year" at Stetson University
|Samantha Berg is interviewed by author David Kirby|
|Carol Ray speaks to Anderson Cooper about the OSHA hearings and how killer whales are not suited for captivity|
|Carol had a change of heart regarding captivity for cetaceans|
but is seen here working for SeaWorld & riding on Kalina