Beneath the Surface Killer Whales SeaWorld and the Truth Beyond Blackfish Ebook ✓ 264 pages æ John hargrove

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Beneath the Surface Killer Whales SeaWorld and the Truth Beyond Blackfish Ebook ✓ 264 pages æ John hargrove æ Now a New York Times Best SellerOver the course of two decades John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorldNg 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 SeaWorldHargrove'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 radically rethough If Death at SeaWorld see previous review represents the scientific and political argument against whales in captivity Beneath the Surface gives us the heart and soul of the matter Less uantifiable perhaps but no less validJohn Hargrove was a veteran trainer at SeaWorld by the time he consciously realized the fundamental inhumanity of keeping whales in captivity and left the company in 2012 So wonderfully dedicated and connected to the whales he worked with Hargrove spent many years defending SeaWorld’s practices and once disillusioned trying in vain to protect the whales from SeaWorld itself Hargrove takes us behind the scenes as he wrestles with the internal conflict that plagues many animal lovers and zoo goers; the relationships and bonds we form with captive animals are indeed incredible but the foundation of those relationships and the conseuences of circumstance are inherently destructive Cherishing his whale companions and their wellbeing Hargrove ultimately had to come to terms with the fact that human care is insufficient; captivity is cruel and at times fatal to whales and people alike In Beneath the Surface Hargrove re visits the familiar charges against captivity But he does so emotionally and from behind the curtains at SeaWorld rather than a desk at the Humane Society or research facility He validates from first hand experience accusations of chronic malnutrition behavioral problems life threatening dental and gastric complications inhumane breeding practices and of course the tiny unstimulating and often dangerous living environments Ultimately SeaWorld seems to be a corporation focused entirely on money For decades SeaWorld has lied and bullied itself out of facing the truth and taking accountability for their actions or lack thereof They’ve put effort toward remedying problems only when forced to do so by court mandates or public outcry and only with the most minimal intervention they can get away with Wild animals are beautiful and mysterious and awe inspiring And that’s why we should protect and hold their wellbeing above all else– above money and entertainment and sport It is my belief that holding wild animals hostage particularly those that are highly intelligent mobile and social for our own entertainment is outrageously selfish Not to mention counterproductive if conservation education and respect are our goals Humans can’t replicate the sea Humans can’t re create the magnificently intricate social bonds that are formed by orca families Humans can’t fulfill the needs of these emotionally and physically complex 6 ton creatures What we CAN do is preserve the ocean rather than Shamu Stadium We can rediscover our humanity re direct funds to clean up our act and watch the orcas and a whole bunch of other cool critters play and feast and flourish Cheesy sure But infinitely beautiful

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Were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainersAfter 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 actIn Beneath the Surface Hargrove paints a compelli After watching the excellent documentary BLACK FISH I was further inspired to read John Hargrove's account of his experiences as a Sea World orca trainer BENEATH THE SURFACE takes a closer look at the world of auarium trainers and the caretreatment given to ocean mammals specifically killer whales The book centers on orcas that John personally worked with This was a fascinating read and a great companion resource to the documentary Highly recommendedOn a side note Tilikum the giant male killer whale who was kept in captivity for decades sadly and mercifully died earlier this year His entire life in captivity was both a physical and a psychological prison and Tilikum was a mentally frayed animal because of this As far as I know Sea World has finally stopped breeding and capturing orcas for their parks For the remaining animals there is no longer any physical contact allowed in the water between them and their trainers

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Beneath the Surface Killer Whales SeaWorld and the Truth Beyond BlackfishNow a New York Times Best SellerOver the course of two decades John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's US 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 When you read a book by a Whistleblower you aren't sure if you are going to get an informational read or maybe just some angry diatribe by the individual about how the Corporate World treated them poorly So when I asked for this book to review I was a bit worried about what I would find I didn't want the angry diatribeI was pleased that the book did not just come off as a way for John Hargrove to paint SeaWorld as a terrible monster Now with that said it did not let SeaWorld off the hook it did do a number on their reputation by the disagreements that Hargrove pointed out from his experienceBut the book gives a good history of the work with Orca Whales and how that came about It also gives a good view of how you become a trainer with the whales and the amount of work needed to get to the level of being an in water trainer although OSHA has removed that privilege since 2010 Hargrove gives us a glimpse of his childhood and his dream of becoming a trainer It gives good insight into the mind set of an individual who wants to work with an 8000 pound killer whaleThe book describes the training of the trainer as well as the training of the whales It gives you a glimpse into the personalities of the whales and how they act and re act to certain situations It also paints a good picture of how the whales can be unpredictable It gives several harrowing stories of the tragedy that can happen when a bored whale decides to play with a trainer and almost kill that trainerThere are also the discussions of the perils of a whale in captivity They become bored They become lethargic They become susceptible to infections and disease that can cause their early death It gives you the true response of a trainer who loves his whales when he realizes the trauma to the whales of the captivity Let's be honest any human knows that an animal in a zoo or water park is not in their natural environment and that can never be perfectHargrove also gives a good description of the intelligence of these whales How they watch the trainers watch other whales and absorb the information around them They make intelligent decisions they sometimes make decisions that show they are having a tantrum or are bored and looking for a way to have fun in their environment and that sometimes is at the trainers expenseI enjoyed the book and thought it did a good job of describing the situation I wasn't put off by the way Hargrove gave out information that was detrimental to SeaWorld frankly what he said is just common sense if the average person were to stop and contemplate the problems of keeping a killer whale in captivityOne thing is clear these whales are highly intelligent they are highly social they have their own cultural hierarchy that keeps them in line and they enjoy interaction with humans to an extent and don't inherently desire to hurt humans and in no way is it their desire to eat a human or kill one because of an inbred animal nature towards that event These whales are aggressive in the wild not towards humans but towards their natural preyEnjoy the read