Thursday, February 6, 2014


I watch a lot of documentaries. Usually they're about the food system and issues in farming, with the odd TED Talk mixed in, but this past weekend I changed my usual topic a bit and decided to finally watch Blackfish. The film follows the story behind Sea World and the main issues regarding their treatment of orca whales. The narration was primarily from past Sea World animal trainers and it completely opened up what is really going on in those parks - from how the orcas were captured, their poor environment once held captive, and the limited knowledge that is held by many of the trainers on the real behaviour and histories of these animals. Blackfish is another tale of just how little we understand wild animals, and another example of humans claiming superiority over the world. I really recommend watching this film to learn more - unless you're afraid of whales - but in reality, it's only when we keep them out of the wild that they become dangerous, it's only when we decide we can control them that they are of any harm. Give it a watch and let me know what you think!

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