Blackfish Documentary Analysis

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Animals such as killer whale shouldn't be kept in captivity. Director, Writer and Producer of Blackfish, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, argues that while in the wild there are no records of orcas attacking humans, but over 70 incidents have occurred while in captivity. Cowperthwaite begins building her credibility by interviewing former Seaworld workers, stating the conditions and behaviors the animals endorsed, and successfully employing emotional appeals.

In the documentary, Cowperthwaite first sets the stage by showing the audiences how happy the trainers feel with each performance they perform, but then automatically changes the audience's mood by revealing how the orcas are caught. She even goes as far as to interview Howard Garrett, orca researcher, which he stated that, “They would throw bombs at the baby orcas to lure them away
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These sources include, former seaworld trainers and directors, were they revealed the horror that would occur within seaworld but would not be discussed with the public. Many of the incidences were not even being discussed with the trainers, seaworld kept their staff in the dark. She even interviewed the former director of seaworld, Steve Huxter, were he implies that some of the orcas were being deprived of food just because they wouldn't do a simple behavior right. “ When he was first introduced… previous head trainer would use techniques that would involve punishment, he would team up Tilikum… to do the same behaviors and if Tilikum would mess up or not do them then both orcas would be punished and not get food. The other orca would get mad and bite Tilikum”, said Huxter. Nevertheless, these sources helped boost Cowperthwaite credibility by showing that she has done her homework and has provided facts and statistics, as well as expert opinions to support her
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