Film & response
“Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite uses shocking footage and footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping wild animals for entertainment.”
- Before you watch.. list at least 5 things you know about Orca or “Killer” whales.
Can be aggressive
Popular at sea world
“There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary confinement.” –Jacques Cousteau, French explorer, researcher, and lover of all sea life
- Contrast the effect of solitary confinement on humans with that of whales in captivity (think about this, especially in relation to the enlarged portion of the Orca brain designated to emotion).
Humans contrast to Orcas in different ways. The Orca’s brain is similar to that of the human structure wise. But it is much superior and complex than an ordinary human brain. For instance, the Orca’s spindle neurons responsible for self control, social cognition, error recognition and impetus to act, are thrice that of humans. This basically means that killer whale’s emotional intelligence is more sophisticated than that of humans. Solitary confinement for Orcas differs from that of humans. This is because they are taken to an unfavorable habitat and associate with a different species that is responsible for holding them captive.
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SeaWorld must envision a better relationship with the Orcas that values and preserves marine mammals natural lives as well as their trainers and caretakers. Forfeiture of fundamental freedom to the whales puts untold misery to the creatures and triggers aggression. Nature should take its course. This is by not confining the Orcas because it alters the natural process of their lives.
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