Dr Lillie a ship 's physician on a whale expedition in 1946 said, “The gunners themselves admit that if whales could scream, the industry would stop, for nobody would be able to stand it.” This statement clearly tells us that this act against whales is so cruel, if they had a voice people would not be able to handle the things being said. For it would be to honest people would think they were lying. Whaling is causing a negative effect on the world. It is endangering an already endangered species and using excessive force against something that is not able to fight back. Whalers are also claiming to
Orcas with different backgrounds and dialects are placed together without much thought about how this could affect them. A killer whale named Tilikum was placed in Sealand and he was expected to perform tricks that he had never done, and if he performed them incorrectly all of the whales were withheld food. “This annoyed the others, so they would rake him with their teeth, causing him to bleed” (Lewis). In the wild, when a dominant orca begins showing aggression the other orca has thousands of miles to swim away and flee the scene. However, these animals are in pools where they do not have that option.
There are numerous amounts of negative effects resulting from orcas being captured and kept in captivity including: separation from pods, aggression towards other whales, aggression towards humans, a shortened lifespan, lack of exercise, tooth decay, lack of natural enrichment, unnatural reproduction, food deprivation, and the drugging of orcas. 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 conclusion Blackfish is gives audiences a shocking, aggressive and deeply compelling look into cruel practices of marine parks for decades that will change the way you look at captive/trained killer whales and other animals. In watching this documentary has significantly opened my eyes regarding the brutal treatment and methods of capturing wild animals giving me a greater sympathy for orcas in parks such as SeaWorld. This startling documentary will surprise audiences as Cowperthwaite is unrelenting in showing the fatal consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity while also critiquing of the cruel and immoral practises of
Freeing Willy: A Rhetorical Analysis on Blackfish the Documentary The documentary film Blackfish, by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is a daring venture, which claims that orcas in captivity become dangerous to human beings, as well as to other orcas. Cowperthwaite points to SeaWorld, in particular, since this world-renowned tourist attraction has had many examples that support her claim. In producing this film, Cowperthwaite hopes to bring about an end to SeaWorld’s practice of using killer whales as performance animals since the limited environment is ultimately doing more harm than good for both the whales and their trainers. The purpose of this rhetorical analysis will be to determine whether Blackfish offers a compelling argument. To begin with,
There is a higher chance of getting struck by lightning or a vending machine falling on you than getting bitten by a shark. Another factor that goes along with this is that if a person does get bit it is only because the shark is curious and it mistakes you for a fish. Sharks will feel the vibration of you moving around in its lateral line. Sharks strictly feed off of any sea creature not humans, the shark will quickly realize you are not a sea creature when it does bite you and it will most likely go away. The shark myths that exist are all mainly false.
Sometimes, the sharks will hunt in groups. Bull sharks are territorial and is likely the cause for human attacks. When encountering a bull shark, you will most likely see a remora attached. Bull sharks are near threatened. Did you know that the possibly oldest shark may never be completely known?
The killer whales don’t know or understand each other so they can’t even begin to try and create the social connections there species have in the wild. As well, killer whales brains have a extra part that taps into there communication and feelings for each other that humans don’t have: “ (killer whales) have a more complex social structure and most importantly need their family network (pod) for a happy and healthy life” (Martinez). The killer whales in captivity need those social interactions and relationships, without them, they become tense, anxious, and hyper-aggressive and they begin fighting with each other, which leads to injuries and sometimes death. The social bonds are crucial to killer whales communicating and getting along with each other, captivity limits there chance to create lasting
Blackfish By Kirstin O’Neill The blackfish article and the movie are arguing about the captivity of the whales and how they harmful and how they are not. So the documentary had said that the whales are more aggressive in captivity than in the wild.The article claims that whales live longer in captivity than in the wild. The blackfish documentary says that keeping whales in captivity is unhealthy and not safe for humans. 30 trainers were injured or died from the aggression of whales in captivity. This fact is horrible because they killing people out of frustration and boredom.
The whales are highly intelligent and use sounds to communicate with each other to find their way. But when people take and capture the whales to put them in captivity, they break apart the groups and, the whales get separated from their group or their family. The text also states, “More than 210 belugas, including 31 in the United States, live in aquariums and zoos around the world. The Georgia Aquarium has asked for permission to bring 18 more belugas into the U.S. The whales were captured off the coast of Russia.” I am starting to wonder, why do they want to bring more whales and capture more?
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.