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    "Blackfish” Doc Raises Questions about Orcas in Captivity
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    Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans? That's a question raised in the documentary called "Blackfish." The film opens with the death of a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2010 in Orlando by a whale named Tilikum and moves back in time to show orcas being captured as infants from their families in the wild.

    According to LA resident Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film's director, as someone who once brought her kids to SeaWorld in San Diego, her investigation into orcas in captivity was a real eye-opener.

    "I feel that it would be a good thing if people come out a bit shocked and angered, because that's very much how I felt when I started learning the truth," the film director said. "I think that it should raise questions, and kind of encourage a debate."

    As it turns out, Tilikum was responsible for two other deaths while in captivity. According to the film, there is no record of orcas killing humans in the wild, but more than 100 reported incidents of orca aggression at SeaWorld. Cowperthwaite said many attribute the aggression to whales being kept in unnatural settings.

    "Learning what whales need to thrive, let alone survive, blew me away, the fact that there's really no way that we can really give them even a fraction of what they need to thrive and survive in captivity," she said, adding, "It's a bit heart-wrenching."

    As seen in "Blackfish," killer whales have complex social and emotional lives. In the wild, they swim up to 100 miles per day, live together in groups called pods, and most stay with their families for life. In captivity, the average life span for an orca is from 25 to 35 years. In the wild, females can live to be over 90 and males over 50.

    Cowperthwaite has no illusions about SeaWorld calling it quits, but hopes it can use its resources to educate, as opposed to using animals for entertainment. She said these highly-intelligent mammals deserve better lives and she would like to see the whales in rehab-and-release programs. Tilikum has been in captivity for 30 years and continues to perform at SeaWorld, where he has sired several offspring. SeaWorld declined to be interviewed for the film or to comment for this report.

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    I'm not a marine biologist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    The sea was angry that day my friends....."
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    I tell ya he was 10 stories high if he was a foot!
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    From where I was standing I could see directly into the eye of the great fish!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    From where I was standing I could see directly into the eye of the great fish!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
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    so I decided to tell her that I was in fact...not a Marine Biologist...


    *What'd she say?!*



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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I tell ya he was 10 stories high if he was a foot!
    You beat me to it. That's possibly my favorite line in the history of Seinfeld.

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    Seinfeld references aside..............this is a serious issue and our treatment of animals who are intelligent creatures is an important insight into our "humanity"

    what is done to elephants, primates, horses, dogs and other animals in the name of entertainment (not to mention science) is pretty appalling

    one can make a case for the use of animals in science, but the use and treatment of animals for entertainment purposes should continue to be examined

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    Seinfeld references aside..............this is a serious issue and our treatment of animals who are intelligent creatures is an important insight into our "humanity"

    what is done to elephants, primates, horses, dogs and other animals in the name of entertainment (not to mention science) is pretty appalling

    one can make a case for the use of animals in science, but the use and treatment of animals for entertainment purposes should continue to be examined
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