It is true that sharks are one of the animal kingdom’s most vicious predators; however, it is important to note that humans were not naturally included to the sharks’ list of preys. Encounters between sharks and humans only became disastrous when the latter had trespassed and disturbed its domain so as a result, the sharks perceive humans as a threat to them or to their pups if they are nursing. In some ways, “Jaws” provided justification for humans to slaughter sharks, henceforth; it had received some negative reviews from other spectators and critics. Unfortunately, the number of sharks in the wild is decreasing globally.
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
Blackfish The documentary Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite released in July 2013, explores the mistreatment of killer whales and the relationship between the killer whales and trainers as well as the significant problems of the sea-park industry, with a focus upon SeaWorld. Cowperthwaite positions the audience to feel sympathy towards the killer whales by making deliberate choices in sound, visual, language, and structure through the representation of trainers as unprofessional, and whales as mistreated, also experts as reliable information source. Firstly, Cowperthwaite uses effective language techniques to position the audience to view the trainers as undertrained and unprofessional.
Dolphins-World, a foundation whose goal is to raise awareness about dolphin captivity and inform people about dolphins in general, pointed out, “Orcas (Orcinus orca) and large sharks dispute the title of “The most dangerous predator of dolphins,” and is that both, with their size and other physical characteristics and, of course, their natural need to feed on meat, find dolphins attractive.” On the other hand, dolphins thrive in their natural environment and should not be kept in captivity for this reason. Maddalena Bearzi, a photo journalist and blogger, reported to National Geographic, “Dolphins, like some other animals, are essentially complex social mammals that need expansive space to live in. A tank can’t even begin to address these needs…” This data suggests that dolphins are very social animals that use a sizable amount of space and when they are being kept in small tanks, they are suffering from the need for more room to be able to do all the activities they would do in the wild. In one case, human interaction caused two dolphins to be captured illegally and sold to a hotel with a “swim with the dolphins” program.
To be able to hunt whales that person needs to be equipped with the right body type. In one of the scenes in Moby Dick the audience is able to watch as Ahab struggles to pull the ropes of the ship to only see that his hands are cut. This demonstrates that Ahab goal is greater than his life. To be able to go to the University of Berkeley there is a certain amount of stubbornness that needs to be accounted to reach that goal. The stubbornness might not include getting cut with ropes but may include being stubborn with grades and homework.
Along the coastlines of the U.S.A, Africa and Australia, sharks, especially the Great Whites, have received a bad reputation as very aggressive predators that like to attack and eat human beings. There is a lengthy, tangles and gory relationship “between Carcharodon Carcharias and Homo sapiens”(ReefQuest). The Great White’s notoriety as a ruthless animal of prey is well-earned, yet these marine animals are not, as earlier considered, indiscriminate ‘’eating machines’’. “They are ambush hunters, taking prey by surprise from below or behind”(Encyclopedia of Life). Despite common beliefs about the threat to human beings, they do not attack people without a definite or convincing reason; therefore, the commonly held view of the “man-eater” is erroneous.
Introduction Whale hunting in Japan has become an increasingly controversial topic after the International Whaling Commission law was passed because Japan has been killing large number of whales for scientific research. This is because of that some of whales’ species such as blue whales are considered endangered and this might cause an ecological damage to the sea environment. Whales are intelligent animals and their existence participate in the environmental equilibrium therefore killings whales should be prohibited so as the preserve the environment and ensure the sustainability of our planet. In fact, it morally wrong to kill and eat intelligent animal and to keep hunting large number while is about to extinct. Therefore, Japan
From the start of time, there are a few things we as people felt and knew we had to have in order to feel like we are wanted or needed, which also applies to our animal friends. The readings of Adam and Eve and Luna the Killer Whale demonstrated to all of us that we as people and animals need love and companionship, Adam and Eve experience several different feelings after the serpent convince Eve to eat from the forbidden tree and after convincing Adam to do the same. Changes happened after that specific event, because Adam and Eve suddenly developed more and more feelings towards one another and they notice more things that stood out from one another. The animals around them also change, for example tigers and lions went from not having any kind of taste for other animals to being wild and craving meat and becoming predators. The Story of Luna the Killer whale touches me deeply because of how an animal like the killer whale demonstrated feelings towards people and needed that affection
Hello, everyone. Today, I’d like to introduce to you the decreasing of blue whales and think together from moral standpoint about some words which are carelessly used now and then. I’m afraid this topic a little deviates from environmental problems, but to prevent us from repeating same mistakes in nature, it is necessary not only survey natural environment but also overturn our thought against nature and all living things in the earth from the root. It has passed long time since the decreasing of the number of blue whale started to become the problem. We can attribute this problem to over whaling for the commercial purpose.
This knowledge discourages young consumers when it comes to eating shark fin soup. On the other hand, this belief is popular in older generations because they believe that these foods are actually aiding a person’s health. According to marine ecologist and research assistant professor, Neil Hammerschlag and his colleagues, testing the fins of 10 different species of sharks for BMAA. BMAA was found in all the species, many of which are part of the shark fin trade such as the hammerhead shark. With years upon years of common belief that have entered the brain of older generation, trying to change their mindset expresses
In 2013, a documentary called Blackfish was released to the public. This film was produced, written, and directed by a lady named Gabriela Cowperthwaite, as a way to show the world how poorly whales are treated and why they do not belong in captivity. Blackfish also shows how little people really know about the beautiful and highly intelligent orca whale itself. Her film was seen by many, and touched the hearts of a lot people, taking the debate of the topic to a higher level. The movie hits on a lot of main issues about captivity, told by reliable people, along with proven statistics to go along with them.
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.
I, myself, have been to SeaWorld and have seen the way the animals are treated, with love and respect. Although it is terrible to see such beautiful animals out of their natural habitat, SeaWorld are unable to return them to their homes, as for many animals in the SeaWorld parks, it is their home. Many animals in captivity, such as the infamous Tilikum and Katina, are now too old to be returned to the sea, and frankly, too big. Many of these whales were in fact captured by fishermen many years ago, and have lived in a tank since, but to remove them from the environment at this stage in their life is unfair and would cause great trauma to
Andy Dehart, Discovery Channel Shark Advisor, spoke about the North Carolina shark over fishing problem. The shark populations on the East Coast were extremely over-fished which lead to the over population of sting rays, a main food-stock for sharks. The stingrays in turn decimated the shellfish populations on the East Coast, leading to calm and shellfish shortages. This shows that sharks are necessary for every eco-system and their destruction affects us in more ways then we can imagine. Sharks are very at-risk for over-fishing because they take a long time to reach the stage where they can reproduce and in general only have a few pups when they give birth.