Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans? That is a question raised in the documentary called “Blackfish.” The film opens with the tragic death of a Sea World trainer killed in 2010 by Tilikum the whale, and moves back in time to show orcas being captured as babies from their families in the wild.
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film’s director, says as someone who once brought her kids to Sea World, her investigation into orcas in captivity was a real eye opener.
"Blackfish" opened over the weekend in limited release. The film opens in Scottsdale and Tucson August 9th. Sea World sent out letters disputing the film’s accuracy to 40 film critics – and declined to be interviewed for the film. Repeated attempts for comment for this story went unanswered by Sea World.