Freeing Keiko: The Journey of a Killer Whale from Free Willy to the Wild
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Freeing Keiko: The Journey of a Killer Whale from Free Willy to the Wild

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Captured as a two-year-old calf off the coast of Iceland in 1979 by a fishing vessel, the killer whale who would become Keiko was soon sent to North America, struggling for many of his early years in captivity. Sent to live at an amusement park in Mexico City, the orca languished in a tank too small, in water too warm, and received an improper diet—and was soon beset by a...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Gotham
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Replete with bombastic opinion and pompous-sounding quotes from Darwin, Melville and Scripture, Brower weaves irritatingly between moral outrage and sneering cynicism. The cold hard facts of his book - that Keiko lived most of his life as a commodity for human pleasure - are important and valuable, as are details of his captivity and release, yet Brower makes no judgment. The book does serve as an interesting case study of animal slavery and the bizarre attitudes humans hold towards anthropomorp...more
Laura Gurrin
This book is about three hundred pages long but plonks along feeling more like six hundred. It doesn't seem like there's a person connected to keiko's story, however tangential, who doesn't make an appearance in these pages; there's a page and a half on a teenage girl who works at a museum in Iceland near to where keiko is held prior to his final release, for goodness' sake. That same museum's 'stuffed fish of Iceland' exhibit is described twice in very similar language within twenty pages, whic...more
Well this book just sucked the romance right out of the whole Free Willy story. I was one of those kids that Free Willy was really important to. It made me want to become an animal trainer, and orcas quickly became the most beautiful creatures I had ever seen. I even went through an identity crisis of sorts when I realized that I might like orcas more than my previous favorite: horses. (I started a degree for marine bio years later, though horses eventually won as it's much easier to get your ha...more
The movie Free Willy was a phenomenon. The story of how the life of a juvenile delinquent was turned around by his relationship with a captive killer whale, and how he in turn freed the whale, made millions of dollars worldwide. But what of Keiko, the whale star of the movie, captive and sick in an undersized pool at a second-rate aquarium in Mexico?

The clamor to rescue Keiko, and the controversies this rescue engendered, are presented in environmentalist Brower's saga of Keiko's return to the s...more
Freeing Keiko tells the journey of the whale that starred in the Free Willy movie trilogy. As his story grew on the public money was raised to free him back to the wild from which he was first obtained. One of the most significant scenes in this story is when Michael Jackson bought him a larger tank to freely swim in. Keiko was previously living in a dolphin tank that was far too small for a killer whale. After reading this book I learned how to provide significant details to my nonfiction piece...more
Vicki Christensen
Interesting but too long, too much detail.
Great detailing of the politics, planning, time, conditioning, and money needed to return a captive animal to the wild.
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Kenneth Brower is an American nonfiction writer. He is the oldest son of the late environmentalist David R. Brower.

He is best known for his many books about the environment, national parks, and natural places, many of them in hundreds of libraries and by major publishers, including several titles in the series The Earth's Wild Places published by the Friends of the Earth in the 1970s. His most wid...more
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