Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, by journalist David Kirby, is a 2012 book that examines the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum. The book has now been optioned by the United Kingdom’s Castlefield TV to produce a 10-episode “true-to-life” series, with a target start date for production in late 2021. The series will reflect the narrative of the book, focusing on the investigation that led to SeaWorld being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and to the end of trainers working in the water with the whales. The book also highlights the life and career of Dr. Naomi Rose, AWI’s marine mammal scientist. At this early stage in its development, Castlefield is working to secure a broadcaster for the series.
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