Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

eBook - 2015
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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 trainers. 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 SeaWorld. 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 radically rethought.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 1466878819 electronic bk
9781466878815 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 599.536 HAR
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Chua-Eoan, Howard - Author

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Air date: 3/26/15,
Guest: John Hargrove, author


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AL_KATI Oct 10, 2016

What a read! You won't be able to put this down.

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Polonesia
Jul 12, 2016

Great personal story of a SeaWorld whales trainer

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normf3
Mar 24, 2016

When one visits Sea World, it's spectacular to watch the orca show and see the animals somewhat close up. But always in the back of your mind you realize that it's kind of cruel to keep such a magnificent animal cooped up in what is a tiny pool for them and force them to perform tricks. I wouldn't consider Beneath The Surface to be an unmitigated hit piece on Sea World. The book traces Hargrove's childhood love of the park and animals. He documents his training and the biology of the orca. Later in the book, Hargrove discusses his growing disillusionment with the captivity of the whales and the Sea World corporation. Interesting reading. It will be very interesting to see what Sea World becomes, now that they've done the right thing, ending captive orca breeding and phasing out orca shows.

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CdnErin
Mar 08, 2016

I knew a bit about John's story from Blackfish and numerous interviews I had seen on YouTube. I didn't expect the book to have so many aggression incidents discussed -- that surprised me. You can definitely feel the love he has or those whales come through in the book, numerous times very noticeable. It killed him to have to leave them. I think he is such a nice guy, and to have to admit to the wrongness had to have been very hard on him.
I am glad that he, and others that spent time as Sea WOrld employees, along with Dr. Ingrid Visser, are working to get captivity to be a thing of the past.
I highly recommend that anybody with an interest in killer whales -- and especially those that re on the fence about captivity -- to read this book. Captivity had its place, years ago, BEFORE we knew how intelligent and emotional these animals are -- now we know better, and it's time to stop it.

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dakotarocket
Dec 04, 2015

Oh my gosh ! This is a "can t put the book down" read !!! If you watched "Blackfish" and wanted to know more....more details..more just absolutely fascinating stories of interactions with these amazing living beings....THIS IS THE BOOK TO READ...I finished about 3 AM

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wolvesareme12
Sep 30, 2015

This is a companion book to the documentary Blackfish. Once you read and watch you will never go to Sea World or any other money making exhibition similar. They say its for education but its for money!

ChristyH May 28, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent behind the scenes look at Sea World and how the orcas there are treated. What made the book so interesting was the author's relationship with the whales. He obviously loved and respected them, and had trouble coming to terms with the fact that in order to fight for them he had to leave them.

This Book was Amazing. Me being a friend of John Hargrove, I already knew some of his story, but man, his book really exposes what really goes on in these places. I will continue to support, help, and defend John for as long as I live. John is the greatest person I know (along with Captain Paul Watson) and I feel privileged and honored to be John's friend. Keep doing what you're doing John. Remember, I'll always have your back.

(People to follow on twitter)
@johnjhargrove
@Sam_10K
@Voice_OT_Orcas
@CaptPaulWatson
@ONELONEDOLPHIN

(Great Hashtags)
#Blackfish
#EmptyTheTanks

(A few tweets you can post, all are by me)
@johnjhargrove is the leader in the #Blackfish movement.

@johnjhargrove vs @SeaWorld, who is winning?

#Blackfish is more than a documentary, it's a movement!

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Polonesia
Jul 12, 2016

It's a story of a personal life of one of the SeaWorld killer whales trainer. It describes his career path of working with the whales and his deep love for the animals. It also describes their treatment in the captivity and SeaWorld's commercialism in their treatment. Interesting read that gives information on whales and the stark contrast between them in the wild and in captivity.

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