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The Documentary Sea World Doesn't Want You to See: VIDEO


Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary Blackfish follows Tilikum, the orca responsible for three deaths while in captivity, including the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer at SeaWorld, which made headlines around the world. It looks devastating to an entertainment industry bent on putting these creatures in tiny pools, and should be.

The documentary premiered at Sundance and is due for theatrical release next month.


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  1. Put these beautiful creatures back in their natural setting. The folks in colusion with holding them captive should hang their heads in shame.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 3, 2013 8:19:00 PM

  2. Good. I've been out there protesting at Canada's MarineLand for similar reasons. It's DISGUSTING the way these corporate know-nothings pretend to be lovers of these magnificent creatures when all they are are hucksters trying to make a buck at the animal's expense.

    All of these parks, all over the world, need to be shut the f**k down.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 3, 2013 8:25:40 PM

  3. just to be a bit of a devil's advocate...but many people will never get the chance to see these animals in the wild, and possibly seeing them in person inspires conservation efforts (?)

    Posted by: steve | Jun 3, 2013 8:31:17 PM

  4. Sadly you will hear many people arguing in favor of egotistical and hedonistic views, that is, wild animals used for entertainment and even trying to domesticate wild animals because they look “soooo cute”. The “yes, but in order to domesticate them you have to begin at some point” is ludicrous, as if all is justifiable just to have an animal as a living toy. Furthermore, here we have seen videos that seem to encourage contact with wild animals in nature, as if nature was an open zoo and animals are there to be petted.
    Loving wild animals means respecting them in their environment as long as it is possible.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Jun 3, 2013 8:40:16 PM

  5. To Steve,


    Posted by: Matt | Jun 3, 2013 8:43:05 PM

  6. Get all of you an slice of reality pie, money is the lord

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 3, 2013 9:19:29 PM

  7. I think there's a big difference in accredited zoos with animals in man made natural environments for people to simply look at; as opposed to these types of parks or circuses where animals are forced to perform in a show.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 3, 2013 9:35:50 PM

  8. Free Willy.

    Posted by: Eddie | Jun 3, 2013 9:42:09 PM

  9. I only care about the masculine, conservative whales.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 3, 2013 9:49:14 PM

  10. I live in Orlando and I personally know many whale and dolphin trainers. They have the upmost respect and love for these animals. regardless of how terrible they were captured in the 80's these animals are now born and raised in captivity. releasing them would kill them. Hate me if you wish, but these animals have a positive effect on the humans who see them and the animals themselves are well taken care of. What's not mentioned in films like this, they are very happy creatures. There is always danger working with wild animals and what happened was an awful tragedy. But releasing these animals is a death sentence. The respect, fascination, education, and love that comes out of every crowd and trainer at Shamu stadium is important. And I'm tired of the PETA bull crap.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 3, 2013 11:07:36 PM

  11. Brian, I suggest you talk a long walk down a short pier. Or have ten or twelve drinks and drive yourself home on a foggy night. Do some baking, using Sylvia Plath's famous recipe.

    In short, you suck and the best possible use for you would be food for these creatures.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 3, 2013 11:20:23 PM

  12. Because King Kong fared so well in captivity...

    Posted by: SouthJerseySteve | Jun 3, 2013 11:27:51 PM

  13. "What's not mentioned in films like this, they are very happy creatures." Taken an actual poll of Flipper and Shamu, have you? One of the most egotistical and ludicrous statements ever to be written anywhere.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jun 4, 2013 12:16:40 AM

  14. Rick, right on bro. Let the sissy swimmers swish right down to the bottom of the pool and stay there. Listen to the dimming sound of Little Ray Kiwi's last gulps and gurggles as he tries to be significant.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 4, 2013 12:17:03 AM

  15. man made natural environments? really?
    its a fantastic coincidence that this is posted
    adjacent to the Super Man featurette.
    human egoic superiority is so overrated.
    don't mess with Mother Nature; karmic payback is a b*tch.

    Posted by: my2cents | Jun 4, 2013 12:22:36 AM

  16. The trailer looks like a lot of hocus pocus. Killer whales are dangerous. The people in this documentary act like a killer whale is not capable of killing a human. They also act like they know the mind of a killer whale. It's ideal to have animals in nature however the situation now for some animals is terrible. Zoos have helped breed animals near extinct in the wild.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jun 4, 2013 12:24:48 AM

  17. It's not just seaworld fault, what about those parents who take their critters to see these magnificent creatures being captive and obeying our silly appetite for entertainment.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jun 4, 2013 12:30:07 AM

  18. How does this have anything to do with the rights and lives of LGBT people? I thought this was a blog with homosexual tendencies, not the conditions or feelings of entrapped marine mammals.

    Posted by: Feldon | Jun 4, 2013 12:50:10 AM

  19. Guess what Feldon - gay people care about things like animal rights, too. In fact, I'd bet that I spend more of my day thinking about things that aren't explicitly "homosexual".

    Posted by: ger | Jun 4, 2013 1:04:53 AM

  20. @Feldon: the gay penguins disagree.
    what sentient being does not have conditions
    or feelings of entrapped?
    human egoic superiority re-veal-ed once again.

    Posted by: my2cents | Jun 4, 2013 1:10:02 AM

  21. @Feldon: the gay penguins disagree.
    what sentient being does not have conditions
    or feelings of entrapped?
    human egoic superiority re'veal'ed once again.

    Posted by: my2cents | Jun 4, 2013 1:14:29 AM

  22. @Feldon: the gay penguins disagree.
    what sentient being does not have conditions
    or feelings of entrapped?
    human egoic superiority re'veal'ed once again.

    Posted by: my2cents | Jun 4, 2013 1:14:34 AM

  23. Feldon, feeling uncomfortable?

    Sea World and such are disgusting. I hope this documentary gets a lot of attention and I hope it convinces at least some of its viewers to reconsider their position and views on these issues.

    Posted by: Jude | Jun 4, 2013 1:28:04 AM

  24. This looks to be a powerful documentary about the dangerous consequences from keeping these beautifully intelligent and social animals in captivity. As an avid and loyal member of the Humane Society of the United States, I am adamantly opposed to the use of ANY animal for human entertainment in circuses, water parks, and immersion encounters. If you do the work and see what the vast majority of marine biologists and other doctorally-prepared marine scientists suggest are the ill-effects of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, you'll feel the same way!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jun 4, 2013 1:31:08 AM

  25. There's never been a dance that's so easy to do. It even makes you happy when you're feeling blue.

    Posted by: Melia De Swangton | Jun 4, 2013 4:31:34 AM

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