Blackfish: Captivity is Dangerous
Yesenia Quintana & Daisy Campos
Former Trainers: In interview with former trainers they admit that SeaWorld did everything wrong. They were kept in little stables at night and were kept in the dark. They had little room to swim and they were often bored because of it. The whales would also often fight, but during performances they explained that the orcas always got along, since their employer, SeaWorld, didn't want people finding out the truth and losing money. They claimed that SeaWorld lied so much, they started to believe it too.
Orca Expert: In an interview with an orca expert it was confirmed that SeaWorld would liar about their health. SeaWorld would claim that orcas would only live for 30-35 years, but they actually have the life span of a human, up to 90 years. They orcas would just die faster in captivity. SeaWorld also claimed that A flopped over fin was health for a male, when in reality only 1 percent of male orcas in the wild have it, and 100 percent of orcas in captivity had the flopped fin. SeaWorld just doesn't want to sound bad and lose its income.
Physiologists: In the film there was a women stating that orca need to be kept together, and SeaWorld was depriving them of that. They explained that orcas need to be kept together and sea world was talking that away from them. Not only were they taking them from the wild, they were also taking them from their moms and that location. They would often spilt up a mom and a baby, by moving the baby to another location. The mother would literally cry and scream in grieve. There was even a mother that was sending long range vocals to try and reach her baby. They were hurting whales emotionally, that even a whale did something that had never been heard before.
Trail: In the film they use what looks like a reenactment. The first one was a very simple reenactment, it looked like a drawing on a note pad. It took place with someone on a podium being asked question, but the questions were in text, not said aloud. Basically it is the senior trainer being questioned by a male employee from OSHA. He asked if they were aware that the whale was capable of pulling and she claimed that since he was a male, that she knows he's capable of rape. This was seen as a irrelevant claim. It just shows what the workers there will come up with make It seem like they did noting wrong when in reality they know about the whales horrid past.
Picking out the young ones: During this reenactment it shows these fishermen,
the fishermen job was to track down the whales and pick out the young ones. Keeping in mind that orcas are extremely intelligent, adult orcas would swim in one direction above water so they could be seen and chased. While the adults are being rallied, the young ones and their mothers are underwater and go a different direction to try to escape. Eventually they need to come back up for air and that's when they are spotted and the boats go to take the young ones. While all this is happening the mothers will not leave. Taking it away from its mother brings it into SeaWorld afraid and mentally torn.
Breeding: In this little clip/ picture they were showing tilikum and it shows all the kids he has breeder and that 50% of whales at SeaWorld have his genes on there. They explained that tilikum was a breeder and honestly that's all he kept him for. Tilikum had been put through so much and instead of taking him out of the show and retiring him they continued to use him for one reason only. Just for the money. They let him feel lonely, unloved and crammed. They also endangered the workers there because now they all have his violent past in them.