Written September 18, 2014
This is an important and powerful movie that everyone should see, especially people who are unaware that the cruelty of using animals to entertain humans is without consequences. These beautiful, sentient killer whales have a more advanced brain than humans as it pertains to emotion and socializing. How Sea World continues to operate and make billions is beyond me. And how they continue to use Tillikum in live shows with humans is inexcusable. He was brutally kidnapped from his mother when he was a baby, and has always been kept in a small enclosure which is equivalent to a human being kept in a bathtub. He has now killed 3 humans, but Sea World turns a blind eye and endangers the trainers as well as the whales. This poor whale has been bullied and attacked by other whales ever since he arrived at Sea World. The movie explains why this happens which is important for humans to realize--the only place where whales should live is in the ocean with their families. See the movie!
Written December 01, 2014
My daughter insisted we see this movie, and having seen the Orca and other whales/dolphins in the wild in the Pacific Norhtwest, I also wanted to see the "truth" that not everyone was aware of. The film is riveting and a must see if you are an animal lover, and even if you are not. There is a painfully dirty side to the marine parks like SeaWorld that the world needs to be aware of. The lies woven by SeaWorld and the industry to protect their investments are astonishing, and I would love to see them shut down. Life is hell for the Orca and a hazard for the trainers, period. These magnificent creatures should be left in the ocean, where they belong. There was nothing more gratifying or breathtaking than seeing them interact with one another and playing in the wild. And there was the moment when they blessed us with a close encounter, spy-hopping just a few feet from our boat. One cannot be helped but be awed by the intelligence you can see in their eyes from that close. See it!
Written August 01, 2013
The documentary movie, Blackfish, was done exceptionally well--the participants in the film were honest, straight forward but not brutal. I was impressed with how genuine they were. It succeeded for me in bringing to light jaw-dropping evidence that capturing, separating the orca from their young, and an orca's life in captivity is absolutely wrong. It was very disturbing to see (once again) that the proprity of individuals who hold positions of authority and power is to make money, regardless of the moral and ethical consequences. Absolutely deplorable that it wasn't both a priority and necessity for the employers to tell the trainers (and the media) the TRUTH about Tilikum's background and events surrounding Tilikum's kills. THANK YOU Gabriela Cowperthwaite for bringing to light this compelling case against keeping wild animals for human entertainment.
Written October 04, 2014
...to Sea World, that is. Unlike zoos, that help continue endangered species and provide safe and sane habitat for captive animals, Sea World appears to be run by clueless corporate greed. I believed the accounts by former employees to be fair and balanced - yet still a pretty bad indictment of Sea World's lack of care and understanding of the creatures in its care. I don't know what the answer is for the misfortunate creatures already held in marine parks like Sea World - I just know I won't be giving them any of my money.
Written August 16, 2013
Not a surprise what Sea World has been covering up for years. Two victims in this film; the Orca's and the trainers. Shame on Sea World - Everyone needs to see this documentary.