Okay, so I’m not normally the type of person to post about these sort of things, but this movie has impacted me to a great extent and I just need to write down what I think.
I watched the movie Blackfish originally because I wanted to see an interesting documentary on killer whales. I never imagined that it would take me 2 days to watch or that I would walk away from it having an entire new perspective on the marine life theme parks.
I’ve been to SeaWorld once, and I will admit that I had a great time. The animals were fascinating and I was honored to have had the chance to see some of these creatures up close and personal. However, until yesterday I never really gave it much thought on what life was like for the animal. Of course I knew life in their artificial habitat wasn’t as appealing as being out in the wild, but up until now I always believed the bull that SeaWorld and other marine life theme parks fed us.
I thought these animals “wanted to be there” and that they did all those tricks because ‘they honestly wanted to’. Yeah right. Looking back, how in the world could I ever believe that a 6 ton killer whale was happy to be in a TANK. That they were thrilled by the prospect of swimming the same area over and over, waving at tourist for a few handfuls of fish and kiss on the head. I’m thoroughly disgusted with my naivety.
This documentary is about Tilikum, a killer whale who has been in captivity since he was taken from his mother and family at the age of 2. It goes through his life at a Canadian marine life theme park and his current home, SeaWorld. It talks about the 3 deaths (2 trainers and 1 tourist) that have occurred in the presence of Tilikum. I want to stress that this movie does not place blame on Tilikum, but merely points out that we don’t know what these animals are entirely capable of, and that we can’t control them no matter how hard we try. And the fact that this movie is mostly told by former SeaWorld trainers just blows me away. These people know what they’re talking about, because they were there for almost all of the events discussed.
I’ve never felt such emotion while watching a documentary. It wasn’t only the deaths of the 3 people that had me crying and pausing the movie, but the pain of the whales. The footage is heart breaking and breathtaking.
If you have made it through this entire rant, I suggest you watch “Blackfish”. You will not regret your decision. More people need to understand that stealing these animals away from the wild is not okay. Leaving them to swim around in circles after they’re used to swimming hundreds of miles in a day is despicable. It’s time to empty the tanks at SeaWorld and other marine life parks across the world.
Here you can find complete songlists for Reign’s episode, 1x06 - “Chosen”
Nomads by Joe Banfi
Bottled Up Tight by Luke Sital Singh
Tookah by Emiliana Torrini
Silent Treatment by The Joy Formidable (William Orbit Mix)
“Reign, 1x08 SYNOPSIS:
Mary learns that someone close to her will die— Nostradamus tells Mary of his prophecy that one among them will die soon, WHICH CAUSES MARY TO MAKE A DECISION THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE HER RELATIONSHIP WITH FRANCIS. Clarissa becomes bolder with her endeavors, while Kenna informs Catherine of Diane’s plan for Bash, which ends up backfiring.”
It backfires because the queen would rather Mary marry Bash than Francis. She’d rather have Bash on the throne if it meant that Francis lived.
Like, I can’t. Frary must be endgame. I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.