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
After, harpoons are be plunged into the whales back. The harpoon causes the whale to trash wildly in pain. In many instances this is a danger to the crew because the whale had the potential to capsize the tiny boat and drown the men. Once the whale is dead, it's massive body is dragged to the ship. An article on whaling by Photovoices states, “Many paledang (whaling boats) have been sunk by injured whales trying to escape the harpoon.
On many occasions, as the whale slowed from exhaustion, the whalers would cut the muscles in the back of its neck to exhaust it further and prevent it from being able to lift its head up. When the whale was finally put out of its horrendous misery, the creature was tied to the ship and pumped with air so its carcass wouldn’t start to sink. While attached to the ship, the crew would begin to cut into the leviathan, taking blubber, bone, and meat. When the deed was done, they would cut the ropes and leave the corpse floating in the middle of a now blood-red ocean (Murphy 152-153). Materials harvested from the slaughtered whales were kept in massive compartments in the lowest section of a whaling vessel and ships would not return to port until those compartments were filled entirely with the precious, lucrative
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.
Starting from the way they are captured, these animals suffer all their life in confinement. Currently, 58 orcas are held captive in different marine parks around the world. (The fate of captive orcas). At the moment of their capture this animals are hurled in and the young ones are captured, leaving the parents in despair over their offspring’s. (blackfish).
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.
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.
The people of the Ethical Treatment of Animals have filed lawsuits on SeaWorld (PETA), PETA claimed that SeaWorld captured 5 orcas from the wild and they are seeking a declaration that those five orcas are slaves and subjected to involuntary servitude. Different rhetorical devices such as extreme exaggeration, ethos, are used to persuade and inform the audience about animals that are being held at SeaWorld in articles Orcas Aren't the Only Ones Being Mistreated at SeaWorld, The Guardian, and As SeaWorld stops breeding orcas, what are the impacts of research?. As seen in the movie Blackfish several orcas at SeaWorld have a collapsed dorsal fin that has the public concerned. According to The Guardian
Throughout The Cove Ric O’Barry and his team break many laws in order to accomplish their goal of releasing the imprisoned Dolphins. When Ric and his team first arrived in Japan, they had been warned to stay away from the shores where all the slaughtering took place. Ric and his crew broke the law and cut the net to release several dolphins, which
Finally , Hercules is in his, ''Belly of the Whale'',slightly before his threshold crossing. This substage occurs when his father's wife, the Godess Hera, strikes him with madness whih leads him to kill his wife , kids and two of his brothers.Homer's epic, The Odyssey is the perfect novel to demonstrate the struggle/ initiation stage of the monomyth.The main character in the story, Odysseus, meets his road of trials many times during the story .He is faced with many creatures that he later to feed such as Polyphemus the Cyclops and then the Laestergonians, the gigantic sea monsters. he is also constantly tested by Poseidon, who makes the seas perilous every time Odysseus and his men set off .He has his meeting with the goddess when he meets Athena after Poseidon destroyed Odysseus's man and his
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.