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Overview

In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca or "killer whale" weighing 10,000 pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had also caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity,...
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Overview

In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca or "killer whale" weighing 10,000 pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had also caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity, such incidents are extremely rare in the wild, leading some scientists to question the wisdom of keeping large, intelligent, and sometimes territorial creatures in captivity and expecting them to perform on a regular basis. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in the documentary Blackfish, she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals that humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display. Taking its title from a Native American name for orcas, Blackfish received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

A note from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Kanduke; "Death by Mosquito" in marine parks; Orca teeth show the stress of Orcas in captivity; Recollections of a former SeaWorld trainer; The truth about wild whales; Alternatives to captivity; Director and producer commentary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • UPC: 876964006187
  • Original Release: 2013
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  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 23,420

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hargrove Participant
John Jett Participant
Carol Ray Participant
Jeffrey Ventre Participant
Samantha Berg Participant
Mark Simmons Participant
Dean Gomersall Participant
Kim Ashdown Participant
Christopher Porter Participant
Eric Walters Participant
Steve Huxter Participant
Ken Balcomb Participant
Howard Garrett Participant
Lori Marino Participant
Dave Duffus Participant
John Crowe Participant
Suzanne Allee Participant
Estefania Rodriguez Participant
Mercedes Rodriguez Participant
Jeff Beal Conductor
Technical Credits
Gabriela Cowperthwaite Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Judy Bart Executive Producer
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Eli Despres Editor, Screenwriter
Jonathan Ingalls Cinematographer
Erica Kahn Executive Producer
Odd-NY Animator
Manuel V. Oteyza Producer
Vince Tennant Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Towey Cinematographer
Tim Zimmermann Associate Producer, Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Awesome documentary!

    I highly recommend watching this documentary. You will never want to go to Sea World again.

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