“Blackfish” sparks animal captivity discussion

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“Blackfish” sparks animal captivity discussion

Theatrical release poster (CNN Films)

Theatrical release poster (CNN Films)

Theatrical release poster (CNN Films)

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The enthralling documentary “Blackfish,” released in 2013, guides viewers on how nature can get vengeance on mankind when pressed to its limits.

The movie focuses on a captive killer whale named Tilikum, who has taken the lives of several people and professional divers. The emotional and mental abuse that has taken a toll on the 12,000-pound whale has reached such tragic levels that he has inflicted harm on others.

Born in November 1981 near the coast of Iceland, Tilikum is a bull orca that currently resides in the custody of SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. His captivity has led to a nationwide debate on the issue of animal captivity.

Coach Taylor, a Biology teacher, stated how he feels about the imprisonment of wild animals. “I don’t think they should keep the wildest animals in captivity, especially the ones who do more of the attacking, because it’s significant in their nature.”

Mrs. Holly Tippett suggested that in positive situations, animal captivity can be helpful in terms of education, but only if it’s performed in a respectful manner to the animals.

“A wild animal does what a wild animal does” She explained on the attacks Tilikum committed, “but most likely, they were out of instinct and it wasn’t anything subjective or malicious towards the diver.”

Mrs. Tippett clarified that wild animals are going to rely on their natural characters and do things that humans can’t foresee. The immense amount of protocol and safety measures must be obligatory to avoid the vile attacks and the action of blaming Tilikum’s violence on his victims. Although people can put forth all the safety precaution in the world, they aren’t able to predict what these animals are going to do and what’s going to trigger the attacks.