Rebel SeaWorld Trainer to Return to San Diego for Book Signing

John Hargrove Will Sign New Paperback Edition of Bestseller Beneath the Surface

For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Former senior SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove—who made a splash in the documentary film Blackfish and went on to write a bestselling memoir exposing SeaWorld’s cruelty to orcas—will return to San Diego on Friday to sign copies of his book, Beneath the Surface, now available in paperback.

Where:           Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 5943 Balboa Ave., Ste. 100, San Diego

When:             Friday, May 6, 6 p.m.

Since the book hit The New York Times bestsellers list last year, there’s been a sea change at SeaWorld. The park recently succumbed to public pressure to end its orca-breeding program, which Hargrove helped initiate—and defeat. Now, Hargrove joins PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—in calling for SeaWorld to build seaside sanctuaries for all the animals currently in its tanks.

“I don’t regret my career at SeaWorld,” Hargrove recently told PETA in an exclusive Q&A. “I feel incredibly lucky that I got to personally know these magnificent, individual orcas—and incredibly honored to play a part in fighting to free them. This was my destiny, and I look forward to working with PETA to keep on defending marine mammals around the world.”

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