David Kirby’s Death at SeaWorld was praised by New Scientist, who described the book as, “a chilling depiction… Kirby lays out a compelling scientific argument against killer whale captivity by carefully describing the social structure and ecology of wild killer whales—arguably a leading reason why, of all the marine animals, they may be the worst candidates for captivity. It is clear from the data, statistics and anecdotes cramming the pages that captivity serves orcas poorly… he has pulled together a wide of variety of sources to provide an intriguing history of the debate surrounding killer whale captivity.”