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article imageDeath at SeaWorld sells out at Amazon UK in just sixteen days

By Elizabeth Batt     Jul 18, 2013 in Environment
On July 2nd, David Kirby's highly-acclaimed book, Death at SeaWorld, was released in paperback. It sold out at Amazon UK after just 16 days, and has entered its second printing.
After reviewing the hardcover version of Death at SeaWorld in June of last year, it was obvious Kirby was onto a winner. The groundbreaking investigative thriller which was meticulously researched, chillingly exposed a side of SeaWorld deftly hidden from public view.
Furthermore, Kirby's pragmatic format managed to masterfully simplify the complicated issue of cetacean captivity without losing the urgency of the subject matter. The incredible reviews that followed, paved the way for the success of the paperback version released just over two weeks ago.
Death at SeaWorld broke new ground. It was the first book of its kind to amass the 'dark side' of keeping cetaceans in captivity. It took America's most popular and well-loved corporate marine park and simply, blew away the fluff.
By using existing research, damning testimonies from former SeaWorld trainers and consulting scientists such as marine biologist Naomi Rose to explain the complex social hierarchy of wild killer whales, Kirby left little to the imagination. More importantly, Death at SeaWorld started a long overdue dialogue for those without a voice that continues to this day.
With Kirby's book detailing SeaWorld's skullduggery in words, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's, 'Blackfish' movie, provides yet more food for thought on film. Since the documentary's debut at the Sundance Film Festival last February, and subsequent premieres since, rave reviews for the film keep pouring in.
A blurb from Digital Journal s review of David Kirby s book  is included in the new paperback versio...
A blurb from Digital Journal's review of David Kirby's book, is included in the new paperback version.
SeaWorld's lack of response sparks desperate defense
After briefly denigrating Kirby's book when it was released, SeaWorld heaped the same disdain on Cowperthwaite's movie. The marine mammal park treated both exposés as annoying flies worthy of nothing more than a half hearted swat.
Then in a strange move, (after declining requests from both Kirby and Cowperthwaite for interviews), SeaWorld hired a publicity outfit instead. Having underestimated the popularity of the doscumentary, the company contracted with 42West, to send out a covert email to 'film critics' with the subject line: 'A Dishonest Movie.'
"I love the smell of corporate fear in the morning," David Kirby wrote, after learning that SeaWorld maybe buying up Blackfish domain names to counter the movie's impact.
Autographs were provided by David Kirby courtesy of an initiative by Fins and Fluke to promote sales...
Autographs were provided by David Kirby courtesy of an initiative by Fins and Fluke to promote sales of Kirby's book.
It's unlikely then that SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Inc., will relish the news that David Kirby's book has completely sold out at Amazon UK — just sixteen days after its release. With the company ordering more, and many bookstores reordering as well, the paperback version of Death at SeaWorld has just entered its second printing.
Alex Dorer, president of the group Fins and Fluke who initiated a campaign to increase sales of Kirby's book by offering autographed stickers by the author, told Digital Journal:
We are thrilled to know that David's incredible book is doing so well in paperback! We hope to see tons of copies flying off the shelves — this way we know more people are aware of the plight of cetaceans in captivity.
Kirby too, was delighted with the news. He told Digital Journal:
I am almost in disbelief that a second printing has been ordered so quickly. This shows that the public has a voracious appetite for information on killer whales, and I am so honored they are turning to "Death at SeaWorld" in paperback to satisfy that demand. Clearly, the pending release of 'Blackfish' is bringing attention to the book. I believe the book and the movie complement each other perfectly, and will offer a one-two summertime punch against captivity, which is now coming into full and ugly relief.
On backorder at, Kirby's book — currently No. 1 on's, 'Marine Life' list, is still available to purchase through the US and Canadian branch. Amazon has also tagged the book the No, 2 "hot new release," in animals.
Blackfish the movie, opens in select theaters tomorrow.
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