In this documentary it follows the story of one of Seaworlds Orcas, Tilikum, as well as a couple of stories of horror that the trainers faced. John Hargrove, one of the trainers brought it, recalled that everyone loved tilikum and that no one knew that he could be dangerous.. He also says that the other female Orcas would attack him, so they were forced to keep him separated and alone. He believe that this could have led to his aggression. Hargrove says one of the most surprising attacks that ever happened was when Dawn, Tilikums prime trainer, was attacked and killed by the whale. Dawn was one of the best trainers at seaworld and she had an amazing bond with Tilikum, so no one expected it to be her that would die at the hands of the Orca. In the 911 call proivded the medic at Seaworld said that Dawns scalp had been ripped off and that Tilikum had swallowed her arm. This documentary provides evidence that Seaworlds cruel treatment of its Orcas isn't just harmful to the whales, but also incredibly dangerous for the trainers working for the whales. *** Cowperthwaite, Gabriela. “Blackfish.” Netflix, Manny O Productions, 12 Dec. 2016, www.netflix.com/title/70267802.
In this article the author, Pierre Tristam, addresses PEETA's lawsuit filed against Seaworld and all the things wrong with it. He says that PEETA's attempt to catch peoples eye by using slaves as a comparative to orcas in captivity was futile. He addresses many of Seaworlds "attmpts" at righting its wrongs and gives evidence of why it isn't actually getting anything done. He says that Seaworld spends seventy million dollars on orcas tanks which doesn't really matter because people spend hundreds of millions of dollars on prisons but those people are not any more free than if they were to spend only one million on the prisons. He also says that seaworld only cares about the money rather than the animals themselves. He does admit that Seaworld did stop allowing people to buy fish to feed dolphins, but still continue to sell passes to pet the dolphins, which he claims is an invasion of the animals privacy. All of this points to Seaworld just seeing its Orcas as another way to rake in the profits. If they actually cared about their Orcas they wouldn't be putting forward so little effort to right their wrongs. They could easily increase the quality of their Orcas lives by increasing tank fundings, but they have yet to do that. They are a booming buisiness with millions of customers, the do not have a shortage of money. *** Tristam, Pierre. ***“Enough Abuse: Close Seaworld.” Common Dreams, Flager Live, 19 Apr. 2015, www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/19/enough-abuse-close-seaworld.
In this article by national geographic they provide an interview with former Seaworld trainer, John Hargrove. Hargrove shares his experiences as a trainer at Seaworld, and advocates that Seaworld is an unhealthy and uncaring environment for the Orcas and trainers working there. According to Hargrove, Seaworld does not care about its Orcas or trainers, they are just another thing that brings in money for the company. He also said that Seaworld is the cause horrible psychological issues for the Orcas like a collpased dorsal fin. He even goes as far as to say that Seaworld may even blame you for your own demise. All of his personal accounts provide evidence that Seaworld really doesn't care about its Orcas. If seaworld wasn't cruel to its Orcas and actaully cared about them then we wouldn't see things like collapsed dorsal fins and the death of trainers. ***Worrall, Simon. “Former Trainer Slams SeaWorld for Cruel Treatment of Orcas.” National Geographic, National Geographic Society, 29 Mar. 2015, news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150329-orca-blackfish-seaworld-dolphins-killer-whales-ngbooktalk/.
This article has information on the captivity of Orcas and how Seaworld is under public scrutiny. "The parks have been accused of forcing orcas to have induced artificial behaviors in unnatural habitats, to encourage its violent hunt, to keep them in inadequate conditions in terms of size and health of the water tanks, to interfere with their natural behavior, decrease their expectation of life, and more" (Killer Whales in Captivity) These are all accusations that Seaworld is having to face. This websites also provides the amount of whales that have died in Seaworld. "According to the WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) organization at least 44 orcas have died in SeaWorld." (Killer Whales in Captivity). They also provide examples of orcas that have died due to Seaworld such as Kieko, who played willy in free willy, and Tilikum who is the main star in the documentary Blackfish. This information provides evidence that Seaworld does not care about the quality of their Orcas life. They could increase the size of their tanks or stop breeding Orcas and end the cruelty towards the animals but they have not dont that yet. In this article people consider Seaworld the main culprit when it comes to the cruelty of orcas.***“Killer Whales in Captivity.” Killer Whale Facts and Information, 27 Oct. 2014, www.killer-whale.org/killer-whales-in-captivity/.
In this article it addresses Seaworlds way of taking orcas from their families and putting them in artificial homes, which messes up everything in their nature. "At least 156 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961" (The Fate of Captive Orcas) is stated in the article then it follows it up with "129 of these orcas are now dead.". This shows that the majority of captured Orcas die. "SeaWorld holds 22 orcas in its three parks in the United States. At least forty-eight orcas have died at SeaWorld." (The Fate of Captive Orcas) This is the amount of Orcas that have died at Seaeworld alone. Orcas are just dying and suffering in captivity yet Seaworld continues to add to their collection. If Seaworld cared about it's Orcas they wouldn't die as frequently and they would stop ripping them away from their families.. ***The Fate of Captive Orcas.” WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, uk.whales.org/wdc-in-action/fate-of-captive-orcas.
This article written by Tracy Staedter, compares the lifespan and longevity of Orcas in the wild and Orcas in captivity. She addresses things like stress in captivityas well as how the whales die due to bacterial infections. She claimes that "Dozens of other captive killer whales, including the SeaWorld orca named Tilikum, who was made famous in the documentary "Blackfish," have also died from bacterial infections." (Straedter). She also says that not only do they suffer from these bacterial infections, but the conditions of captivity only worsen their infection, which leads to death. She also addresses that stress also contributes to the amount of bacterial infections "Captive killer whales are held in concrete tanks about 1/10,000th of 1 percent the size of their natural habitat and mothers give birth without their crucial social network — situations that can cause low levels of stress and make them susceptible to disease" (Straedter) This proves that Seaworld doesn't treat its Orcas correctly, if they did they wouldn't be putting their Orcas in such stressful situations that only allow the Orcas to be more susceptible to disease and death. If Seaworld wasn't cruel to its Orcas than they would be making much more valiant efforts to increase their quality of life and life span, but to them they are just another number on the sheet that can be easily replaced. .***Staedter, Tracy. “Orca Calf Dies at Seaworld.” Live Science, 21 July 2016, www.livescience.com/59965-why-killer-whales-die-in-captivity.html.