Mar 4, 2020
In this first of a two-part conversation, SeaWorld whistle blower John Hargrove, featured in the documentary, "Blackfish," and who told his story in his New York Times best seller "Beneath the Surface," reflects on how he became the moral voice for orcas in captivity. He discovered his passion on his first visit to SeaWorld in Florida, and it became the driving force in his life. He was one of the youngest trainers ever at SeaWorld and talks about how his relationships with the orcas developed into what he calls a genuine love. But then it soured when he was forced to artificially inseminate the orcas. It was the turning point for Hargrove, who decided it was time to tell the truth about SeaWorld and the deaths of fellow trainers at the hands of beautiful but dangerous animals.
Be sure to listen to Part II, released March 11, 2020, when Hargrove talks about his frustration at SeaWorld's continuance, and how Hargrove may have helped them stay in business for some time when he collected a valuable stash of orca semen for SeaWorld that could keep a breeding operation alive for sometime.
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Originally published March 4, 2020