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"A first-rate introductory primer for aspiring marine mammal trainers and caretakers...a welcome and unique contribution to Job/Career collections." -- Midwest Book Review

"Recommended to students or fans of all ages. Easy-to-read, informative. Can even help professionals already in the field." -- Soundings, International Marine Animal Trainers Association

"Whether you are just starting your career quest or are someone besieged by questions, I highly recommend this book." -- Animal Keepers’ Forum, American Association of Zoo Keepers

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DolphinTrainer.com is excited to publish and offer this one-of-kind career guide. Be sure to click on the Table of Contents link to get a detailed look at what this unique book has to offer, including answers to the most popular questions trainers are asked everyday about their animals, their jobs and their lifestyles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dolphintrainer.Com; 2 Revised edition edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971985324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971985322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author Terry S. Samansky is a marine mammal professional with over 20 years of hands-on experience working with dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, walruses and other marine species. Over the years, Mr. Samansky has been a marine mammal trainer, care specialist, curator, director and consultant. He draws upon this extensive personal experience to provide a rare "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession from both the trainers' perspective and that of the people who hire and supervise them...the management team.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ark Lady (Diana L Guerrero) on December 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
As an animal career consultant and author of the on-line Unusual Animal Career Series, I am always on the lookout for career texts for those interested in working with animals... This book serves a specific niche for those who are enamored with the thought of working with marine mammals. It presents a good overview of marine mammals, what the job entails and answers many of the questions most people ask.
The text also includes suggestions as to what type of education is needed, how to plan and research, and what is the proper etiquette to use in contacting people in the industry. It even touches on applications, resumes and interviewing. Finally, the book also includes a resource directory of a variety of facilities and organizations involved with marine mammals.
If you are just starting your quest for a career or are besieged by questions regarding this type of career I highly recommend this book...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on March 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally! A book that was written after my own heart! I've had the same dream to one day work with marine mammals since I was 7 years old. I'm 18 now, and that dream has still not changed. But because it is such a competative and unique job, it's not every day you run into a dolphin trainer and therefore, it's difficult to get direct information about just how to go about doing this. Of course I've researched many different books about these beautiful animals, but it's not every day that you find a guide on how to actually achieve this dream career! Imagine how thrilled I was to find this book! It's an inside look at working with marine mammals, by a senior trainer himself. Terry gave me tips and suggestions that I would never have thought of, nor realized until it was perhaps too late. Preparing youself with the proper experience is one of the most important things, and with the help of the "aquarium guide" I discovered that there is a small marine aquarium, not 40 minutes from me, where they have volunteer programs that involve the rescue and rehabilitation of dolphins, otters, and sea turtles. Thank you to Terry Samansky for this wonderful book! I'm sure I will be referring to it throughout my continued career search!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sara Nieb on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is an easy read and gives simple explanations. However, it is packed with valuable tips! I recently had an interview for an internship in marine mammal training and every question that they asked in the interview was on the list of questions that were in this book. It gives great tips on how to prepare for the career and what the employers are REALLY looking for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rad student on June 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a mom of two teens, I can tell you that they are constantly looking at every job as a potential career. The problem with that is that they only see the end results, not the years of schooling or behind-the-scenes "pay your dues" type of work that goes into most careers. This book peels away at the glamour that we all see when visiting parks like Sea World and tells it like it is: Working with whales and dolphins takes years of training and hard work that is far from glamorous. I read the book along with my kids and I can tell you they both thought twice about whether or not they'd be happy to be prepping frozen fish at five a.m. or jumping into cold water in December. These are things no one ever thinks about when in San Diego or Florida in July! Mr. Samansky, who has worked at several aquatic parks and consulted at parks all around the world, tells it like it is! Being a killer whale or dolphin trainer IS glamorous and prestigious but it is also hard work. He explains some very basic truths like thinking twice before getting that tattoo and minding your manners on social sites like facebook. These are the little but often overlooked details that most adults forget to include when writing a career guidance book for teens. While the book is directed at the teen and pre-teen group but is also eye opening and informative for their parents. If your kids are at all considering a career in the marine mammal field, this brief but fact-filled book is a great place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kuligowski on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a difficult review to write - there's so much good here, but I also found myself disappointed as well.

Good: This book presents an accurate assessment of the pros and the cons of making a career as a marine mammal trainer. (In fact, that assessment is a little narrow - based on my experiences, this book accurately assesses making a career out of working with any exotic animals at a public or private facility.)
Bad: The author does not delve deeply into the more mundane aspects of the job. Yes, the book states that the trainer must spend time preparing meals for their charges. It does not adequately provide a feel for just how much time this particular task takes, nor how it and other mundane tasks are far from glamorous in most folks' eyes.
Bad: The book does not adequately explain the physical risks of working with some of these animals, on the rare occasion leading to the serious injury or even death of the trainer. While it is doubtful that anyone would not know of the risks and appropriate precautions before being permitted in the presence of such an animal, this risk should be noted more clearly in print.

Good: The author provides a directory of facilities that have marine mammals and, as such, require staffing to care for the animals.
Bad: This information will (and has) inevitably fall out of date. For example, it omits the Texas State Aquarium and Aquarium du Quebec, which did not display any marine mammals at the time of publication but do as of this review (2013). Other facilities have changed hands and names (public to private, mostly), or have changed the species that they exhibit - the aquarium at West Edmonton Mall has had to replace their dolphins with California Sea Lions.
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