All posts tagged SeaWorld

Jason M. Colby, author of “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator”

Jason M. Colby—an environmental and international historian, and professor, at the University of Victoria and author, most recently of  “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator”—recounts the impetus for writing the new book, acknowledging that “Orca” was hardly telegraphed by his academic fields, or his previous book. Read more…

Alex Blount, PETA Tour Administrator: “I, Orca”

Alex Blount, PETA Tour Administrator—in this case, the tour in question is PETA’s “I, Orca” empathy project, which involves using Google virtual reality goggles to immerse participants in a world where they can swim freely in the ocean with their orca family—recounts what drew him to working for PETA. Read more…

John Hargrove, author of “Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld And The Truth Beyond Blackfish”

John Hargrove —author of “Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld And The Truth Beyond Blackfish”—discusses his childhood love for SeaWorld and its orcas, which began with his first visit to the Florida park in 1980 at age six, and subsequently involved persuading his mother and stepfather to make annual pilgrimages there. Read more…

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of “Blackfish”

Gabriela Cowperthwaite—the director of  “Blackfish,” the documentary examining the perils of keeping killer whales in captivity, with a focus on SeaWorld & Tilikum, who’s killed three people and emerges as an unfortunate poster boy for captive orcas going postal—discusses the profound sadness pouring out of several people who are interviewed onscreen. Read more…

Dr. Naomi Rose, Senior Scientist, Humane Society International

Dr. Naomi Rose–Senior Scientist with Humane Society International, who did her doctoral dissertation on the social dynamics of male orcas in British Columbia–discusses her chief responsibilities as HSI Senior Scientist, and when her fascination with orcas began. She also obliges when asked to cite some distinctive, inspiring qualities of orcas that most of us don’t know.  Read more…