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Crucial Read. Insightful, honest, heartbreaking account of orca captivity by a former trainer
April 25, 2015
This is an important book. It has insider knowlege of someone who worked as close as you can get to captive orcas for 14yrs. It is insightful, emotional, honest. You never feel like John is taking one side to the complete dismissal of the other side. There is so much honesty in his love for the whales, especially to the one he loved most, Takara, as well as his genuine dream to be a killer whale trainer and the grief he feels for that broken dream. This book helps you understand the very complicated world of orca captivity, the love trainers feel for the whales and their worries about their care and what will happen if they leave them. It is a great companion book to Blackfish (film), and Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby. In order to pick a side we must educate ourselves about the issue. This book is the first of its kind and thus an integral read for anyone who wants to visit marine parks, anyone who opposed them and anyone who wants to be knowlegeable on the issue. Thanks to John for speaking out, I am sure this is extremely hard for him—for anyone to do. He says he wants to be the voice of the voiceless, the whales. That is exactly what he has done here.