Voice of the Orcas
Samantha Berg grew up in Great Neck, New York and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY in 1989. 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 from 1990-1993, and she was working at Shamu stadium when Tilikum—the killer whale responsible for the deaths of three people—arrived in Orlando from Sealand of the Pacific. Sam is one of the former SeaWorld trainers featured in Gabriella Cowperthwaite’s 2013 award winning, Sundance selected documentary, “Blackfish.”
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.” Sam has spent the last year and half speaking about the film over the the United States and around the world including locations the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands and Korea. Most recently, “Blackfish” was shown at the European Parliament in France and Belgium where Sam presented her story along with two world renowned orca biologists (Dr. Naomi Rose of the Animal Welfare Institute and Dr. Ingrid Visser of Orca Research Trust) with the goal of ending dolphin and whale captivity in the EU and UK. Sam, is also a sponsor of California’s recently introduced bill, AB 2140 “The Orca Welfare and Safety Act” which aims to end killer whale performances and captivity in California.
Along with her husband, Kevin Meddleton, Sam is a co-owner of an Acupuncture Center and Meditation Studio in Palmer, Alaska, and she and her husband also host a weekly radio show called, “Bridge to Everywhere” on www.RadioFreePalmer.org.