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Georgia Aquarium brings you its Lecture Series, a unique opportunity to learn more about the wonders of our oceans, world and environment. Join us at Science on Tap, Breakfast with Biologists or both for an educational and exciting experience!

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Science On Tap with Mark A. Simmons
Author of Killing Keiko

Date: August 14, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Georgia Aquarium's Oceans Ballroom – Volunteers will be on hand to direct guests.
Includes: Complimentary Ballast Point Craft Beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.

Mark Simmons

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Renowned animal behaviorist Mark A. Simmons shares the true story of Keiko, and his release to Icelandic waters. Millions of Free Willy movie enthusiasts have been led to believe that Keiko’s return to the wild was a triumph, just like the Hollywood version. But according to author Mark Simmons, director of the Keiko Animal Behavior Team on the Keiko Release Project, the whale’s riveting story is one of unnecessary tragedy. Killing Keiko unveils the shocking evolution and collapse of the whale’s rehabilitation, covering his final trek across the North Atlantic to his heart-wrenching death in Norway. In life, Keiko was undoubtedly the most famous whale in history. In death, he became the most famous case of animal abuse the world could not yet fathom.

Mark Simmons with Keiko

As Simmons describes in great detail, Keiko came a long way, literally and figuratively, but in the end, the process fell far short of the time, money and expertise needed for Keiko’s sustained health and successful reintroduction to the wild. He, in fact, presents Keiko’s story as one of the worst cases of animal abuse by those who claimed to save him.

Mark Simmons with Keiko

But Simmons believes the real mission of this book is to go beyond setting the record straight. “It’s about erasing the needless battle lines drawn between animal rights activists and those who support human care for animals. It’s about realizing that we have to work together -- animal welfare activists, marine conservation organizations, marine parks, aquariums, communities, politicians and businesses.” In fact, Simmons believes “zoological institutions are more important now than ever given the depth of threats facing not just wildlife, but humans as well.”

Join us to hear Keiko’s true story as Georgia Aquarium welcomes Mark A. SImmons for the official launch of Killing Keiko. The book will be available as for purchase onsite, as well as e-book, hardback and paperback online and in select bookstores beginning in August. Pre-orders are available now by visiting www.killingkeiko.com.

Killing Keiko Book


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