A Documentary On Killer Whales Essay

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Killer whales, also known as orcas, are very large animals ranging from 16 to 26 feet and weighing as much as 8,000 pounds. These animals are absolutely breathtaking when seen in person. Blackfish, a documentary on killer whales associated with Sea World, another park in Canada, and one near Africa, tells the story of a few orcas, but mainly the orca Tilikum. This film was released in 2013 after Dawn Brancheau, the trainer for Tilikum, was dragged into the pool and killed. Gabriella Cowperthwaite, the director, thought that something was wrong with Sea World’s explanation of her death, so the director decided to make a film about killer whales being kept in captivity. (Blackfish) The director of this film brings out the argument of how orcas are normally very peaceful creatures, but when they are confined to a small space and ripped away from their family, they have no mercy. With the facts presented throughout the film, the argument that is portrayed has all evidence pointing towards aggression in the killer whales related to being kept in captivity. The director and one of the authors of the film, Gabriella Cowperthwaite, is very influential to the film. She believes that there is something that Sea World wants to hide about their killer whales in order to be able to keep sales going and bring people to Sea World. The way that she pieced together the interviews of different previous trainers is perfect because the stories seem to line up and keep building upon each…

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