These orcas are ripped away from their families and brought into an unnatural environment which could be quite stressful. Orcas are highly sociable and emotional animals as a result of “a part of an orca whale’s brain extend[ing] outward adjacent to their limbic system into what neuroscientists call a paralimbic cleft, which processes emotions” (Wise). These are animals that are commonly known as friendly and social, but in captivity, they “exhibit such disturbed behavior as chewing the sides of their tank or swimming in exactly the same pattern for hour after hour” due to anxiety and depression (Visser). These actions that they present are the equivalent to compulsive behaviors in humans with psychological issues such as locking and unlocking doors, obsessively washing hands, or repeating a specific task multiple times a day. Keeping orcas in an obviously psychologically stressinducing environment has no true
Orcas that were captured and brought into captivity were separated from their pods. Pods are the group of orcas that an orca will travel with for the entirety of their lives. The only time that these orcas would leave their pods was to breed (Henn). When orcas began getting captured the wild the pods began to catch on. In the documentary Blackfish an Orca researcher named Howard Garrett described how the whales tried to prevent their young from being captured.
Another issue mentioned in the documentary was where the whales were kept. They kept the whales in a dark, metal, twenty by thirty foot pools for the majority of their lives. A former Seaworld trainer described the modules as “floating steel boxes.” According to Ken Balcomb, director of the Centre for Whale Research,“If that is true, it’s not only inhumane and I’ll tell them so, but it
Sharks are like people: they eat people and do not care who the person is. The sharks represented an ever-present danger because, in the novel, the sharks were always under Louie, Mac, and Phil’s raft. The airmen fear the sharks more than starvation or drowning (LitCharts, int.). When Louie jumped out of the raft, he went into the water k owing that the water was shark-infested.
This is only half true, the other half being calm and elegant creatures. They represent how violent the natural world can be, and the pervasive and remorseless reality of a terrifying and agonizingly painful death (Florman int). Like the unsympathetic ocean, the sharks have no benevolence for the men: only hunger. The sharks, and the mortality they represent, are a major contribution to why Mac’s fortitude, his ability so survive, was so undermined. Louie’s imagined treaty with the sharks emphasizes their meaning as a specifically natural violence.
Both the humpback whales and the blue whales are extremely vocal mammals, their beautiful and mysterious songs travel great distances across the ocean; the blue whale, both the Humpback and Blue whales are apart of the class of baleen whale; while, the humpback whale population isn’t having trouble maintaining its numbers, the blue whales, whom, had previously been plagued by poachers, causing them long-term damage to their population. Both the Humpback Whales and the Blue Whales produce truly unique songs and vocalizations, that create sound waves for miles around. There are theories that the vocalizations are a form of inter-species communication between the intelligent mammals. Only male Humpback Whales sing, and the song is usually heard during the winter mating season, bringing scientists to the assumption that it might be used as a mating call to attract females. Humpback whales may sing for over 24 hours, nonstop.
Blackfish is a 2013 movie directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite it concerns an orca named Tilikum which is held at SeaWorld. The movie speaks of the present incarcerated killer whales living at the SeaWorld Park. The film uses many forms of rhetorical strategies, such as pathos, ethos, and logos to positively persuade the audience of their argument. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos are three persuasion tools used both in Julius Caesar and in Blackfish. Ethos is persuading through the character of the author.
A monumental reason why I believe that sharks should be protected is because when they attack, it is often a product of mistaken identity. Sharks use electromagnetic pulses to track down prey, therefore their eyesight suffers to a degree. Surfers often resemble seals from the depths of the water. Sharks use their pulses to strike what
The Maltese Falcon - Is It A Classic? Classic literature is the "meat" of ones general knowledge. Plenty of valuable insights are illuminated about the world that we live in that greatly impacts how a person lives their life. A brilliant example of this is Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. It is one of the most haunting classics of all time because it can create and build suspense, it can be related to the lives of the general population, and it has the ability to change the reader.
Killer whales were initially captured in the 1960s, when a female orca was captured and put into a tank. Two days into the female orca's stay she repeatedly bashed her head against her tank wall and perished the following day. Unfortunately, people did not heed or take any precautions from this traumatic incident and since then killer whales all over the world have been captured for entertainment purposes and have been stored in facilities such as SeaWorld. From these types of facilities incidents continue to happen such as killer whales killing their trainers, killing themselves, dying due to medical conditions, and more. Continuous accidents such as these have caused suspicion among the public of whether killer whales live healthy and prosperous lives in captivity and brings up the concern of ethicality.
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.
The film Blackfish by Gabriela Cowperthwaite employs rhetorical strategies to convey the alarming misfortune that orca whales experience in captivity. The film follows the appalling story of the bull orca whale Tilikum and the three human fatalities he is responsible for. Ms. Cowperthwaite uses interviews with dismayed former trainers and whale experts as a vehicle to explore the gap between the conglomerate SeaWorld’s public image and its palpable reality. The wild orcas that researchers describe as highly socialized, gentle animals are juxtaposed with the creatures portrayed in footage from SeaWorld’s marine parks. The latter are abused, confined to dark cages, and live in small concrete pools that are nothing in comparison to the one
In the homeric simile above, Homer compares the sea monster Charybdis’ vomiting of water and how that affects the state of the ocean to the bubbling, boiling contents of a cauldron. A boiling substance bubbles and “seethes,” meaning that the sea is similar-looking because of Charybdis’ water-vomit being so violent that it causes the ocean to seem like it’s boiling. Homer tried to embody the wild state of the sea, which bubbled and erupted like a boiling cauldron. No one has ever seen the ocean do anything like that, but most everyone has seen water or another substance boil in a pot, which is similar to what the sea was like. The comparison of the sea to a boiling cauldron helped the reader understand the power of Charybdis’ spewing of water,
If Gerard was any other age than he is in that section of the story, the story would change dramatically. If Gerard was any younger it would be strange, because normally kids younger than three don’t understand what the military is and can't imagine like he did. From Page 8 it states this, “Sometimes the cart would be a tank, as he passes cautiously through rows of armed cling peaches and silent sentinels that looked like boxes of frosted flakes,” That would sound strange for a one or two year old to think wouldn't it. Also if Gerard was like 13 years old I think he would like helping his mom and not thinking in that mind set. From the book on page 8 also it states, “Gerald liked to pretend that he was driving a big, fine silver car down