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Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

Cover: 'Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish'

Staff Review: "Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish" by John Hargrove, Howard Chua-Eoan


Have you watched the movie Blackfish? Do you like orca whales? Have you been to SeaWorld? If your answer to any of these questions is yes then this is a book for you! As a lover of all marine animals, especially whales and dolphins, and having been to SeaWorld a few years back, I decided just based off the description of this book that I should give it a shot. This book is very eye-opening. Before reading this book, I had no idea about the harsh reality that SeaWorld marine life lives in. Author, John Hargrove, worked as a orca trainer for over decade before leaving due to injuries sustained while working with the whales. Going into his job, he believed that SeaWorld was doing a wonderful thing for conservation and teaching park visitors about the whales, but by the time he left his view points had changed drastically, and he eventually did interviews and appeared in the movie Blackfish. This book talks about the differences between wild and captive orcas, their living conditions, the whales' psychology and behaviors,l and eventually about what SeaWorld's actual goals behind the parks are. After reading this book, I do feel very differently about the marine parks and will be watching Blackfish as soon as I can!

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, animals

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