|aBeneath the surface |bkiller whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish |cJohn Hargrove with Howard Chua-Eoan.
|a1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
|aNew York, NY |bSt. Martin's Griffin|c2016.
|aix, 273 p.,  p. of plates |bill. |c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aMonsters and other people -- The fantasy kingdom of SeaWorld -- The education of an orca trainer -- "In the care of man" -- Elegy of the killer whale -- The natural and unnatural history of the orca -- Treasure -- Getting with the artificial program -- The dark side -- Losing my religion -- Leap of faith -- A vision for the future -- Epilogue : Life without Takara.
|aOver 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.