Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish
On Sale: March 24, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
Add to Wish List
Non-Fiction Memoir | Non-Fiction
Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20
different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's
U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer
fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with
the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs
could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers
were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that
SeaWorld's wildly popular programs were both detrimental to
the whales and ultimately unsafe for
After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became
one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish.
The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld's orca has now
expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning
documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an
advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state
governments to act.
In Beneath the Surface,
Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly
intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite
whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most
dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant
descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting
their freedom in the ocean with their lives in
Hargrove's journey is one that humanity
has just begun to take--toward the realization that the
relationship between the human and animal worlds must be
No comments posted.
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!