I haven’t posted in a while, but I recently watched Blackfish and remembered why I started Four Leaf Clover in the first place. This documentary shows a little background history as to how killer whales got mixed up in the entertainment industry and focuses on one orca in particular: Tilikum.
Tilikum, at the time of writing this post, is 32 years old and has been captive for 30 of those years. In 2010, Tilikum killed one of his trainers at SeaWorld. There is no evidence that orcas are dangerous to humans or have ever harmed humans… in the wild.
Have you ever been to SeaWorld and watched the killer whales jump in the air? Or seen any orcas in captivity for that matter? If you’re anything like my former self, you probably have and you probably went because you love animals and love seeing them. If you’d still go because of that reason, please watch this film.
For years now, it’s pained me to see these magnificent, intelligent animals living in these small swimming pools and performing tricks with the reward of dead fish for food. Blackfish expands on this even more along with information I had no idea about killer whales. It’s hard to see this movie as biased since it presents facts. The filmmaker even went to SeaWorld before filming this and started this documentary more out of curiosity and research than to send out an animal welfare message.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have picked up that I’m against keeping animals in captivity, but there’s just something about marine amusement parks in particular that feels cruel and completely wrong. I hope this film leads to the shut down of all marine animal performing parks. Have you watched/heard of Blackfish? What do you think? How do you feel about keeping killer whales, dolphins, etc. in captivity?