Gabriela Cowperthwaite was a regular “mother who took her kids to Seaworld”… then Tilikum the orca killed trainer Dawn Brancheau, and Cowperthwaite set out to understand why. The result is the documentary film Blackfish. Featuring former trainers who started out idealistic but came to realize they were part of a “depraved” industry, the film exposes the violence of wild capture, the trauma of separating mothers and calves, and the terrible psychological and physical effects of lifelong captivity. Cowperthwaite will also discuss how the makers of Blackfish are pushing for the establishment of “sea sanctuaries” for animals who have spent their lives captive in marine parks.
Hear all about the film that has got people talking about captivity, made Seaworld nervous, and maybe even influenced the plot of Finding Dory!
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