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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. Are the gay whales less aggressive and violent? Do they mainly get off gossiping and backstabbing the other Orcas?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 4, 2013 8:30:18 AM

  2. I used to love SeaWorld as a kid. These days, I'm torn between thinking the park a great educational resource and it being a sanctuary to sanctioned cruelty.

    Posted by: Martin Haro | Jun 4, 2013 11:05:24 AM

  3. just compare a wild orca back fin to 1 in captivity

    Wild ones stand pretty much straight up while those in captivity do not. That is a serious sign of something seriously wrong with the poor creatures in captivity

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 4, 2013 11:18:35 AM

  4. Steve, Brian and Billy, I have not seen any evidence that seeing these animals in such an unnatural setting promotes conservation efforts. And I would prefer that my young grandson watch some of the great nature videos that show orcas in the wild, rather than see orcas at a place like Sea World. Orcas are not "near extinct". Forget PETA, there are many other, more reputable organizations who oppose the exploitation of these intelligent, social animals for money. It is true that some captive orcas may not be able to return to the wild--mainly due to the effects of captivity, such as damage to their teeth from biting steel and concrete elements of their tanks (out of boredom, frustration). However, Seaworld continues an agressive breeding program, dooming further generations of whales to a life in captivity. I hope this film gets a wide release and influences public opinion. I am sure the trainers who work at Seaworld love the ocas they work with. Several former trainers agreed to be part of this film, motivated by the same love, and by a new awareness that captivity and exploitation are not in the best interest of the animals they love.

    Posted by: Thea | Jun 4, 2013 2:05:39 PM

  5. Humans are THE worst creatures on this planet with NO respect for other living beings, nature, mother nature, or life. And that point is reaffirmed again and again and again and again.

    Beautiful and poignant documentary that obviously needed to be made.

    Posted by: Robert Jordano | Jun 6, 2013 7:03:12 AM

  6. tornados, hurricanes, earth quakes are all mother nature's payback to human superiority for how it treats other living beings on this planet with it.

    Posted by: SchoolNow | Jun 6, 2013 7:05:19 AM

  7. So sad how we mistreat animals for pleasure. I hope documentary gets an insane amount of attention and exposure.

    Posted by: J.R | Jun 6, 2013 7:16:20 AM

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