(Blackfish). Killer whales in the wild are aggressive towards each other just as they are to humans, in 1989 an accident involving two whales: Kandu and Corky resulted in Kandu bleeding to death. (Kirby 2) this would have never happened if the whales had the enough space they needed to separate from each other. Contrastingly, killer whales in the wild are more peaceful toward each other and humans. There is only one accident of an orca biting someone in the wild.
*Photo #2* Caption: Orcas in small containment area covered in bite marks. (Photo courtesy Dolphin Project) Strange and dangerous behavior But in truth. strange and even dangerous behavior is nothing new for SeaWorld 's orcas. — they 've been spotted floating for hours on end, according to the Dodo. They’ve also been spotted "pacing" their tanks, smashing their teeth off on tank walls and seriously injuring each other.
These whales are friendly in the wild and it’s been reported of them saving humans and interacting with them, as “to this day, there is no record of an orca doing any harm to any humans in the wild” (Wise). Orcas actions could not be more different in captivity. In all, violence has become a common yet horrific scene in aquatic parks. The real horror is between these captured creatures. Orcas with different backgrounds and dialects are placed together without much thought about how this could affect them.
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.
When crew members on lookout would spot a whale, a signal was yelled out and the ship lurched towards the area in sight. Smaller crew ships consisting of a harpooner and a shipmate would be lowered and the men would row their way to the whale. When a harpooner’s weapon hit its target, prongs within the point of the harpoon would open up and latch themselves inside the whale. Terrified, the creature would swim as hard as it could, losing blood at an alarming rate. 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.
But all you had to do was take a few quick strokes to the side to reach the edge. That’s how you got out.” (98). I on the other hand, have never seen a never-ending pool let alone use one. Also, whilst sitting in the ocean he was bitten twice, one time was caused by a blue shark and the other was due to a much larger shark called a tiger shark “Davey has been bitten by a shark. It shouldn’t have been this surprising; he’d been surrounded by the things” (186).
Ric O'Barry had never planned to create an organization devoted to saving dolphins’ lives and well being. He had worked alongside one a dolphin for a very long time named Kathy on the hit show flipper. He had not realized how depressed the dolphins’ become while trainers and dolphins’ enthusiast keep the sea creatures in captivity. The push that became the shove for Ric O’Barry was Kathy committed suicide in his arms. A perfectly healthy dolphin consiciousiously stopped breathing.
Great White Sharks are mostly infested in the USA and Australia and have caused 188 deaths in total. Florida and California have suffered more fatal attacks with 831 total and recorded 9 fatalities in the Hawaiian Islands . In the African continent, people have suffered 586 shark attacks and 148 deaths. In South America, Brazil tops the most shark attacks with 98 and 22 killed people, since 1931. Pernambuco is the most deadliest
An article on whaling by Photovoices states, “Many paledang (whaling boats) have been sunk by injured whales trying to escape the harpoon. In some cases, the whale has even crashed its head into the hull of the boat, smashing it to splinters and causing it to sink with the terrified whalers struggling for their lives on the open sea”. This quote shows the dangers of whaling because it is common for men to be injured at sea. Whales are enormous creatures whos instinct is to fight for their lives if they are in danger, leading them to cause destruction on ships and kill the men who hunt them. Once the whale is dead, the task of bringing the whale towards the ship is even harder.
Blackfish (2013) is an American documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and produced by Manuel V. Oteyza. The documentary primarily concerns the controversy of captured Killer Whales at the theme park Sea World, primarily that of Tilikum, an Orca responsible for the deaths of 2010 SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau and two other individuals. The documentary begins with this incident but goes as far back to the 1970 's show the audience how young Orcas are captured in the wild and taken from their families and natural environments. Since its release at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Blackfish has achieved both critical acclaim and caused controversy regarding SeaWorld 's treatment of its animals as well as retaliation from SeaWorld as to the legitimacy of the film 's claims. The main purpose of Blackfish is to answer why a captured whale would become so aggressive and turn on its trainers.