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From journalist and bestselling author David Kirby comes Death at SeaWorld, a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of America's most beloved marine mammal park.

From the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, to other, less-publicized violent incidents, Kirby puts these brutal human-on-animal attacks in context and explores the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. 

Kirby follows the story of Dr. Naomi Rose, whose warnings against keeping killer whales in captivity fell on deaf ears. He also covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld’s glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean’s top predators.

Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, published by St. Martin's Press, is available now. Visit your local bookstore or one of these online retailers to order your copy today. Read an excerpt


On October 24, Watch "Blackfish" on CNN

This summer, "Blackfish," from Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films, exposed the dark truth about marine mammal parks in movie theaters. Now the truth is coming to your home. Watch the story of Tilikum, the captive orca made infamous for killing his trainer, on CNN. Tune in to CNN at 9:00 p.m. EST, October 24


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