The documentary Blackfish has begun to give the famous theme parks a run for their money, so to speak. Though the film has not brought attendance down at the theme parks it has begun to give the tourist trap a run for its credibility. The documentary brings up points about the Orca's that are used in their shows. The way they are trained esp. the forms of punishment used has been brought into question. You see Orca's live in pods with other whales and do not not take to isolation. They need that interaction. If an Orca does not follow instructions or gives the trainers a hard time, isolation in small tanks are a typical form of punishment.
One of the main points of the documentary is the whale named Tilikum bought by Sea World when a park in Canada closed down. It had been documented that this whale was involved in two other incidents where humans were hurt due to the whale attacking them. Tilikum was supposed to be used only for reproduction not back in a show. On February 24, 2010 Tilikum killed trainer Dawn Brancheau.Sea World knew what this whale was all about and should not have been in any form of show.
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite has accomplished what she set out to do. Bring out in the open and show Sea World for what they are. Not able to do the job properly and their motives are only money. Since the film has come out artists have been declining to do shows for the theme park.
Now we have schools declining to have field trips because of the film. One little girl by the name Kirra Kotler from Point Dume Marine Science Elementary out of Malibu, California told her parents she did not want to go the field because of the way the whales were treated at the parks. Her school listened and the trip was cancelled.
Sea World's Communication Director Dave Koontz fires back with the documentary is nothing but lies and distorted facts. That the parks are doing just fine.
Here's some hard facts: when you take an animal out of it's normal environment there is not a person on this planet that can guarantee how that animal is going to react . Secondly, Tilikum had already had a history of attacks on humans. There is not a spokesman in the world who can sugar coat this, Tilikum killed Dawn Braucheau and Sea World could have prevented it. Boycott!