Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
Sea World and other marine parks view holding Orcas, killer whales, in captivity an educational opportunity for humans but is it fair to the Orcas themselves?
Watch and decide for yourself. A life in captivity in small concrete pools VS freedom to roam the oceans. Chances are the Orcas would prefer the latter.