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This book provides an educational and sobering look at the conditions orcas face by being captured or born into captivity. Young people will learn how orcas (who are part of the same biological order as dolphins) thrive at sea and have highly evolved forms of communication that are unique to each orca family. The book delves into the history of capturing orcas for sale to marine parks, which then attempt to tame and train the orcas to provide entertainment to park visitors. Readers will find stories about individual orcas—some of them world famous—and discover how difficult it is for them to adapt to captivity.
Captain Paul Watson is a Canadian/American marine conservation activist who founded the direct-action group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977. He has been described by Farley Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf, as "the world's most aggressive, most determined, most active, and most effective defender of wildlife." Tiffany Humphrey has been working with marine wildlife since 2003 in South Carolina, Washington, and Hawaii. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as Paul's executive assistant at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.