Title: Beneath the Surface
Authors: Hargrove, John
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 273
Year: 2015
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Language: English
Description: Killer whales, aka blackfish, aka orca. John Hargrove's childhood ambition to be a trainer of these largest members of the dolphin family, was fulfilled in the SeaWorld theme parks for more than a decade. However, what began as a dream job deteriorated into a nightmare as he came to understand the cruelty, under the guise of conservation, of their captivity.

Compelling and informative, this is a thought-provoking story that celebrates orca while documenting the transition of a professional trainer to a passionate animal rights advocate.
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Environmental, Morals/Ethics, America, 2018 Titles


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By: MAST 004 2021-08-02 09:43:07
Very informative . On the whole the group felt this well worth reading from an animal welfare perspective. Some found it difficult to warm to the author.

By: NELS 065 2019-03-08 14:52:07
This book prompted a lot of group discussion, as it was a topic none of us had considered in depth prior to reading the book. We were all saddened by the plight of the orca in captivity. We were amazed by the intelligence and family structure of free whales.

By: PLIMM 001 2019-02-28 14:58:26
It raises awareness of the keeping of animals in captivity, and touched on ethical problems from fish to farming. We found the chronological jumping about and the repetitions annoying.

By: NELS 040 2019-02-15 12:38:34
Half the group did not read this book, BUT those that did found it very interesting and informative. A real eye opener on money versus animal welfare.

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