The main purpose of Blackfish is to answer why a captured whale would become so aggressive and turn on its trainers. To answer this Cowperthwaite frames the documentary around Tilikum by interviewing experts in the field such as Lori Marino (Director of Science with Non-human Rights Program), and former SeaWorld trainers, such as John Hardgrove who recall capturing young orca 's, like Tilikum, away from their families and placing them into solitary confinement. One of the most emotionally gripping parts of the film is a heartbreaking
Jaws won 3 Academy Awards they were for editing, best original dramatic score, and another for best sound. Jaws had many production issues when it came to the building of the shark to be used on the set in Martha Vineyard. Jaws was edited around the shark actually and you don't see the shark until about halfway through the film. So, by not overusing the shark actually makes the film feel more realistic and a lot scarier. I know we
The film continues to use several different approaches to invoke an emotional response from the audience. Even the choice to name the documentary “blackfish” is not immediately clear to the audience until Dave Duffus, an OSHA Expert Witness and whale researcher, explains that “the First Nations People and fisherman on the coast…called them blackfish. They’re animals that possess great spiritual powers and are not to be meddled with” (Blackfish). By titling the documentary “blackfish”, the audience begins to ponder that, perhaps, the Indians, in their experience with nature, understood something about these magnificent creatures that we do not truly grasp. These large mammals seem to be more complex than the common person may, initially, realize.
Tilikum is well known for killing his trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010. When Tilikum died, SeaWorld said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the killer whale’s death, saying Tilikum had suffered serious health issues but did not give any cause of death. Tilikum was estimated to be 36 years old, and assumed to be born in the waters off from Iceland. The famous orca was featured in the documentary Blackfish, which criticized animal parks that keep killer whales in captivity. Tilikum’s trainer Dawn Brancheau died after Tilikum dragged her underwater by her hair and repeatedly struck her, whilst she was performing with him in the water.
“Tilikum” SeaWorld 's largest orca, is responsible for the deaths of three trainers, which all three deaths could have been prevented if SeaWorld would have recognized the behavior change in Tilikum. The most recent death to occur was Dawn Brancheau, where Tilikum “scalped and dismembered Dawn as well as breaking bones throughout her body before drowning her.” (Prothero) Since Tilikum was the biggest orca in captivity, he need the most space which led to SeaWorld isolating Tilikum into his own tank. This may have looked like a great idea on paper but because of his isolation Tilikum was literally going psychotic. “Stress of captivity drives Tilikum to exhibit abnormal repetitive behavior, including chewing on metal gates and the concrete sides of his tank—so much so that the most of his teeth are completely worn down.”
As the whaleship Essex made it’s way across the Pacific, an eighty-five foot sperm whale causes the ship to sink. This event put the lives of the crew of the Essex in danger and limited their food and water supplies to all that they could carry in three small whaleboats. On page 90 a quote from the text states, “Elsewhere they broke through the planks to find casks of freshwater- more, in fact, than they could safely
Keeping the whales in these small tanks and in captivity feeding them barely enough to satisfy them is more likely they 're going to get a sickness over the rough years they have encountered . As the focus of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, Tilikum has been at once regarded as a victim of captivity and a maker of tragedy. Tilikum is a what you shouldn’t mess with because he’s a tragedy waiting to happen. They
We need to protect the great hammerhead shark because it is being poached and there are only 9 Species of hammerhead shark . One reason great hammerhead sharks are endangered is because People are illegally fishing the great hammerhead shark and other species of sharks for a traditional soup called shark fin soup. When they catch these sharks they cut off the fins and throw them back in the water and they sink down to the bottom of
Douglass explicitly outlined the details of Aunt Hester’s torture and used vivid phrases, such as “heart-rending shrieks” and “blood-clotted cowskin” to get accross the horror and fear he felt as a child. Likewise, DuVernay pointedly chose clips of police brutality that would create the greatest impact and invoke the most emotion. The video of Eric Garner’s death and his iconic words of “I can’t breathe” contrast the brutality of his death with the innocence and hopelessness of his words. Their matter-of-fact presentation of the torment of black people forces their audiences to realize the situation of black people, while the disturbing visual presented evokes feelings of disgust and horror.
However, much of this studying could be studied in the wild. To begin with, every day at Seaworld is training orcas to play a part they are not correctly equipped, nor adapted for; this training leads up to loud, stressful performances in front of large crowds where many problem can, and do, often occur. Orcas have an unpaired, tall and triangular fin located on their back, called a dorsal fin, that is almost always collapsed or bent while
Seaparks changed forever in 1964, when the the largest captive animal ever was first put on display for the public to see (Killer Controversy). Capable of growing up to twenty eight feet long, with a six foot tall dorsalfin, and weighing up to 9,570 pounds, it is no wonder why the world knows this mammal as the killer whale ("KILLER WHALES (Orcinus Orca)). Being put on display flipped the image of the killer or orca whale from vishous and mean, to playful and brilliant. Little did people know, orcas don 't belong in captivity and that putting them there would turn the beautiful creature back into the vicious beast it was known as before. Thus proving, the containment of whales, for any motive, needs to come to an end, for the reasons that it 's not needed, there are not treated well, live shorter lifespans, and are in bad living conditions that pose multiple threats to their lives.
They use footage from different sources, showing trainers in the pool with the orcas and on the background a 911 call plays while these scenes are shown. Here Blackfish is raising the audience’s tension to believe that was the moment of that trainer’s demise. Various former SeaWorld trainers are then interviewed, and say the incidents with the trainers happened due to the aggressive behavior of the whales trying to harm the trainers. Dr. Dave Duffus also states that these attacks were a cause of the rigorous training the whales go through, making them aggressive towards the trainers. On SeaWorld’s response they state that these events were accidents, and that the cause of death was not due to the whales, but because of the trainers’ negligence.
SeaWorld has been in the spotlight for several years now. Whether it is negative or positive publicity, someone is talking about SeaWorld; from the new animal births at their facility, killer whales attacking their trainer and the sudden unexplainable deaths of many of their animals. In 2013 the documentary “Blackfish” explained how SeaWorld’s animals and staff are really treated. Since the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld’s image and attendance has gone down the drain. SeaWorld San Diego’s attendance is down 12% and SeaWorld Orlando is down 8% (Weisberg, 2015).
Blackfish Rhetorical Analysis One fish, two fish, red fish, Blackfish. Blackfish is a documentary created by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to expose Seaworld and to show people what really happened with attacks on trainers such as the one Dawn Brancheau and the mistreatment of animals through many series of interviews of ex-trainers, experts on orcas, orca hunters, and eye witnesses of gruesome experiences. She accompanied her interviews with an array of video clips to back up her interviewer 's testimonies for her film. Cowperthwaite built her argument against Seaworld by using various examples of ethos, logos, and pathos.