Back in February of 2010, I wrote an article about the tragic death of a Sea World trainer after she was killed by a killer whale named Tilikum. The same whale was also responsible for the death of two other people prior to this incident.
The documentary, shown at the Sundance Film Festival, shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. In the trailer, we see the visuals of this whale attack and we also hear the 911 call made from Sea World after the incident. It’s very eerie and intense. The documentary was filmed over two years and features never-before-seen footage and interviews.
The documentary has received rave reviews and will be released in the near future. Sea World isn’t too happy about it, having released a statement saying, “Based on our very preliminary review … Blackfish appears to repeat the same unfounded allegations made many times over the last several years by animal rights activists. Importantly, the film fails to make the most important point about SeaWorld: the company is dedicated in every respect to the safety of our staff and the welfare of animals.” Watch the trailer below.