Blackfish Official Trailer

Blackfish is a documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 19th, 2013, and was released in the United States on July 19th, 2013. This documentary focuses on the captivity of the Killer Whale Tilikum, and the consequences of keeping these large and intelligent animals in captivity. Tilikum is owned by SeaWorld and is still in captivity to this day from his capture in 1983. He has been involved in three deaths since he has been in captivity (it is important to note that there is no record of death by Orca Whale attacks in the wild). The documentary explains this and says that Tilikum likely was involved in the killing because he is under a lot stress from being in captivity, from being left in small, dark tanks for hours, and from the other female Orcas in the tank attacking him. It is also important to note that SeaWorld claimed whales live longer in captivity, which the film argues is false. Orcas can live up to 80 years according to Vancouver Aquarium.

I personally loved the documentary because it was very captivating. It definitely proved the point it was trying to make, and helped to bring awareness to the problems that Marine Parks have. If I had not seen this documentary, and its discourse around it, I would not have known anything about Marine Parks and what SeaWorld really stands for.


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