Blackfish

Blackfish

DVD - 2014
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A discussion on the keeping of intelligent creatures in captivity. Employs the story of Tilikum, the notorious performing whale who, unlike orcas in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.
Publisher: 2013 ,
[Richmond, Victoria] [2014] Madman Entertainment,
Branch Call Number: DVD 599.536 BLAC
Characteristics: 1 DVD-video (82 minutes + 20 minutes extras)

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Clamato
Mar 31, 2018

Stunning - not easy to watch but very necessary. It is not at all surprising when animals that have been kept in captivity suddenly rebel and do something seemingly out of their nature. But it is their nature! It's the equivalent of jailing a criminal but the thing is - they aren't criminals. Often mistreated and misunderstood, it is very difficult to see these magnificent beings held in environments so completely out of their own natural ones, it is just heartbreaking. I know zoos and aquariums were for those who never had a chance to see animals otherwise but once you have, you will never want to step foot in one again! Kudos to the ex-staff for speaking out. How many other stories have not been told?

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 07, 2017

What an incredible documentary. This doc explains in no uncertain terms why working with orcas is a terrible idea, for both the humans and the whales. The movie is barely eighty minutes but it doesn't need any longer to make its undeniable point. It dares to make you both think and feel. I was moved. SeaWorld and those like it have invented, in my mind, a new form of legalized slavery. It breaks my heart. I recommend BLACKFISH to absolutely everyone, from one to one hundred.

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LibUser500
Mar 26, 2017

Throwing different species and families of mammals together is like throwing Crypts and Bloods in together. Imagine keeping you or your children in a fishbowl on your desk, fed only upon command and spun to make money for a large corporation.

Would you go nuts? Imagine this is all for entertainment and profit. Does this make it ethical, moral, or ecological sense?

I'm glad as of this year (2017), Sea World will change it policies. Perhaps information such as presented in this media has changed the course of fate of these wonderful, intelligent and sentient creatures.

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akirakato
Mar 21, 2017

This is a 83-minute documentary about intelligent marine animals in captivity produced in 2013.
Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill men viciously.
Tilikum, a performing orca at Sea World, has killed several people while in captivity so far.
Why did he kill?
Because he was frustrated and traumatized in a concrete pool.
Then why didn't the management release him to the ocean in the first incident.
Guess why?
It is a profoundly thought-provoking documentary.

This is a great movie, makes me soooo mad though. Humans without compassion just for money.

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 06, 2016

You will never look at animals in captivity the same way. An important documentary, and one that has already changed the world: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/08/seaworld-cost-cutting-strategy-profit-decline-blackfish

ArapahoeKati Oct 10, 2016

Trust me: you will not be able to look away from this controversial film.

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JackamoJames
Sep 01, 2016

I will never go to another aquarium again. The sheer explanations of what must go through these beautiful animals minds. Its a wonder that there are not so many more unfortunate attacks on the trainers...As beautiful as these near prehistoric creatures are, they are meant to be free and they allow us to watch and roam with them in THEIR backyard.

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Monolith
Mar 17, 2016

I felt this would be a fitting documentary to watch, being that as of today, 3/17/2016, SeaWorld is ending their orca breeding program, and eventually phasing out their killer whale shows/captivity when the last incarcerated poor souls have passed on. Maybe Dawn Brancheau's death and Tilikum's life sentence was not in vain.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Mar 10, 2016

This was so difficult to watch--but incredibly necessary! I grew up in the Orlando area and always enjoyed Sea World as a child. It's just really hard to believe HOW they obtained their animals; AND what happens to them after they arrive. We really need to stop caging animals for posterity's sake and just let them be. All animal lovers should watch this film.

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