Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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



Beneath the Surface gives an insiders look into the life of, Orcas in captivity. Sea World to be exact.

John Hargrove always wanted to work with, Orcas. When, he was given the opportunity, he jumped at it  and found that working with them wasn't as glamorous as he was lead to believe. These beautiful, social majestic creatures where/are in turmoil, physically and emotionally. They suffer a great deal to entertain the masses. His book chronicles his time at Sea World, the love and bond between him and the Orcas and the secrets behind closed doors.

These behind the scenes gives you an understanding of why these lovely animals, act up or kill. Their health and minds suffer. They are torn apart from their families, and put into situations with other Orcas who don't "speak" the same language they do. They are forced into doing "tricks" or go hungry and worst of all --- they are not given adequate space.The suffer from a variety of ailments, many not seen in the wild. This include but are not limited to, sunburns, dorsal fin collapse, wearing down of the teeth and a variety of skin issues.

This book is well written and educational. This will make you think twice before considering a trip to, Sea World.

Grade: A+

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