It was one of the hottest films out of the Sundance Film Festival, but "Blackfish" will leave you with chills. Critics have praised "Blackfish" for being an "emotionally powerful" and "mesmerizing psychological thriller" that could double as a teaching tool. Thank you for watching CNN Films' documentary "Blackfish" for more information, please visit cnn.com/blackfish.
In our interconnected world we can discover much through pattern recognition. The way we treated these creatures in the 90's is reflected in our most cutting edge knowledge in the field of psychology. Now, with an influx of spiritual knowledge and research, it is important to accept the spiritual implications of this movie: "orcas are creatures possessing great spiritual power" and they possess "a part of the brain that humans don't." Thank you for this.
by Salvatore Cardonivia twitter10/25/2013 1:45:36 AM
Mocumentaries like these are bad for all animal science or any effort to educate the public. Killer whales would still be shot as nuisance animals if not for places like seaworld... I will no longer be watching CNN!
#blackfish is all lies. if you actually want to know the truth then stop relying on one sided documentaries made with no merit. you know nothing of the work seaworld does for these animals, including Tilikum.
I am from British Columbia and have observed Tilikum in his first captured home (Victoria B.C.) In Victoria TRAINERS NEVER EVER entered the water. Tilikum's favorite treat was large buoys being thrown into the water with him (several sets of two huge balls attached with ropes and had shreds of rope for grab parts like a dog chew toy) In the evenings the whales would be permitted to play on their own with these huge toys and boy would they. Tilikum was the strongest (big bull male) and would have enough power to take them under the water. Then the toy would be released (no doubt by accident) and would rocket to the surface only to be grabbed again by Tilikum trying to play keep away with the other whales (smaller females). This would go on for hours. The balls would then be collected for the evening and the whales would settle down for the night. The first accident in my opinion was due to this play behaviour. A trainer in Victoria slipped and ended up in the water with the whales. I feel Tilikum treated her like a toy dropped into the water. Accounts were that the trainer was taken under the water, then popped up, then taken under the water, just like the keep away game with the balls. The trainer drowned. Not dismembered or eaten. Drowned. It makes sense. When Tilikum next had an incident he still had no training or desensitization regarding objects or humans in the water. I do believe it was said that a homeless man got into the park after hours and apparently went into the tank with Tilikum (did he slip in trying to wash himself up or taking a bath / cooling off?). The individual was not dismembered or torn apart, but was found being held above water; laying on the back of Tilikum in the morning. The man drowned. Not dismembered, or torn apart. Brought to the surface on the back of Tilikum. The third accident was again just like the toys he so loved to play with, and again, still no water work was done with him to show him right from wrong ; no "aquarium manners". The trainer was laying in the water and had a pony tail just like his rope toy. I would say that if you didn't know any better (a whale looking to play with a toy he so loved) this looks like a beloved water sport treat and he treated the trainer like he did with his toys from before. It is terrible, but seeing this whale play like I did, it all makes sense and he is not a mean killer. He just wanted to play like he did, and keep his "toy" from the other whales like before. He is beautiful being who was taken from a life that would have permitted him to play the way he wanted to and to learn right from wrong from his pod. I have seen orcas in the wild and they do get reprimanded from their elders quite frequently. If he is allowed to play with objects thrown into the tank, then not shown how to not touch something that has fallen into the tank that does NOT MAKE HIM A DERANGED KILLER; it makes the people in charge of his well being completely CARELESS! Implying anything different is a disservice to this amazing creature! I am sorry for this Tilikum ~ be well beautiful boy.