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Samantha Berg

Samantha Berg graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Animal Science from Cornell University, in Ithaca New York in 1989 and she also holds a Masters in Acupuncture from The Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, MD where she graduated in 2003.
Sam was hired at SeaWorld of Florida six months after graduating from college when she was 22-years-old. Sam worked at the Orlando park for 3 1/2 years, from February 1990 to the end of August 1993 and she was working at Shamu stadium when Tilikum – the killer whale responsible for the deaths of three people – arrived in Orlando Sealand of the Pacific.
Sam has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Fox and Friends and on NBC to offer her perspective as an ex-SeaWorld trainer on the ethics of killer whale captivity and trainer safety. She is also a character in David Kirby’s popular non-fiction book, “Death at SeaWorld” and she is one of the former Seaworld Trainers featured in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sundance 2013 selected film, “Blackfish” which is receiving acclaimed reviews and heart-felt embraces by audiences around the world as it makes it way through the 2013 film festival season.
“Blackfish” had its US release by Magnolia Pictures in July 2013, and was shown on CNN after that.  The movie has also been picked up for Theatrical release by several distributors world-wide including Dogwoof in the UK and by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

Sam is now opposed to keeping marine mammals in captivity and feels, for the sake of all the animals she worked with, that it’s important to work to end the practice of keeping these sensitive, intelligent animals in perpetual confinement for the sake of human entertainment and profit.
Sam, along with her husband, Kevin Meddleton, is a co-owner of an Acupuncture Center and Meditation Studio in Palmer, Alaska and she and her husband host a weekly radio show called, “Bridge to Everywhere” on

Sam may be contacted on twitter:

@Sam10k or @Voice_OT_Orcas

and also at the Voice of the Orcas Website: voiceoftheorcas/

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She is also on Facebook at Berg

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Various reviews and interviews:

Recent interview on Blackfish in Europe by Radio Free Palmer

Samantha Berg interviewed by Will Travers, OBE Born Free UK

Radio Interview – Irish National Radio

Video Q&A from Washington, DC – Blackfish

Video Q&A from Sarasota, FL – Blackfish

Sam giving a talk at a local bookstore about David Kirby’s book “Death at SeaWorld”

Sam interviewed on the Sam Simon Radio Show:

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Also lots more information on the Voice of the Orcas Website:

Interview about the Beluga imports

Blackfish Q&A from Ellensburg Film Festival w/ me and Dr. Jeffrey Ventre

Sam and Jeff talk relationships w/ Killer whales

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