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Be prepared to view heartbreaking footage. To pillage another being's young, to dislpay it in front of millions of viewers and lie to the public in order to conceal the animals' frustration--leading to fatal, aggressive behavior--is immoral. It's obvious to you as a viewer how much these animals suffer when they are being taken from their pods by looking at the trainer's reaction to the animal's captivity. The saddest part of the movie for me was Tilikum's abduction. An orca's wailing after its young has been taken from its side is heartbreaking.
So think about it for one second. You're taken from your parents when you are four years old, stuck in a tank made of concrete, and forced to hang out with strangers from a diversity of cultures you would probably hate (each pod of orcas is so different that it's like comparing the Homo sapiens, a single species, with thousands of different religions) --this is the road to insanity.
It's not only about freeing Tilikum; it's also about stopping the massive hunting of whales and other highly intelligent beings, like dolphins. Cetaceans are having a hard time nowadays. Watch "The Cove" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
This movie is rather graphic for children, but I will allow my 10yo to see it. The whale penis was not as disturbing to me as the whale blood, but if blood is the price of entertainment then I think we should all know about it.
The film's argument is not quite as tightly structured as I might like, but I was fascinated and emotionally involved, and I certainly came away convinced. (Well, maybe I already belonged to the choir.) There is a Sea World in my city, and, although I have always been uncomfortable with the confinement of animals, I didn't absolutely refuse to go there until I saw The Cove. It's hard for me to imagine anyone seeing Blackfish and still buying tickets.
If I had known back in the 70s, when I took my daughter as a toddler and an elementary school student to Sea World once a week or more, what I know now... and if I had the power and fame to legislate Orcas and dolphins in captivity as criminal, and you evil, ignorant, money-greedy administrators of the "marine parks" (SEALAND!?? REALLY??) Sealand is a segment in Black Fish and is now closed. It was a poor-man's version of Sea World... where the Orcas were inhumanely, crazy-wicked-bad 'taken such good care of. Can you hear my sarcasm? Every man who has ever used these breathtaking awesome highly emotive and intelligent creatures to make money should all serve prison terms: confined for 25 years in a bathtub.... inside a prison cell. You can get out of it for a half hour 'show' every afternoon walking on your hands in the prison yard.
The documentary is carefully, exquisitely, professionally, compellingly produced. I've watched it seven times and have been brought to tears every single time.Read more ›
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An eye opener that changed Sea World forever. The back story of the amazing killer whales who also cry for their young. The family spirit you never knew they had until now. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Jeanne Sinclair
As an animal lover I had to purchase this documentary. I have always heard horror stories of how orcas were mistreated and sadly Blackfish proved those stories true. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Samantha J
This was one of the most informative movies I've seen in a long time.
I will not be visiting Sea World.