Blackfish (2013) reveals to us some previously never-before-seen footage and testimonials from trainers and experts concerning a billion dollar industry that keeps killer whales in confined spaces for the purpose of entertainment.
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Why this doc is worth watching: Of learning the truth about marine parks that depend on consumer-spending from people like us, of exercising solidarity in utilizing the power of boycott to close such places down. This is the ultimate value of such films – to use such information to apply our power as a group, in order to express our humanity and incite change in the treatment of such mammals.
Memorable quote: “If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little irritated, aggravated, maybe a little psychotic?” – “We stored these whales [at night] in what we call a module…they’re just in this dark, metal 20 x 30 foot pool for two-thirds of their life”.
The shocker: SeaLand and SeaWorld’s obvious cover-up stories of deaths caused by their biggest male orca, Tilikum. In one tragic incident, SeaWorld not only made false claims about the nature of a trainer’s death, but took great pains to avoid any publicity or attention paid to the tragedy. There was no memorial, there were no lawsuits, and newspaper articles reported the cause of death as “accidental”.
Heart-wrenching moment: Disturbing footage of SeaWorld workers removing a baby orca from its mother. Management decided to move her at 4 and a half years old to another park because she was becoming “too disruptive . . . The mom was screeching and crying. There was nothing else that you could call that, besides grief”.
Read the Blackfish review: “A Whale of a Story”.
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