If you haven't heard about the documentary Blackfish
yet, you are definitely missing out. Earlier this year, I saw the trailer and knew I had to watch it. Unfortunately, it was only playing at one theatre in my neck of the woods and I just kept missing the times. I was getting ready to rent it on iTunes (Even though my iTunes giftcard is all gone because of Beyonce) when I heard it was on Netflix. I finally watched it last night and woah.
The main premise of the film is to look into the death of a Sea World trainer and the whale responsible for her death. The film explains that there were many incidents with this whale leading up to this highly publicized death in 2010.
In short, the film is heart wrenching. And, you're going to feel guilty for ever going to Sea World because while these animals are gorgeous, they are not meant for captivity.
Obviously, there are two sides to every story, but Sea World's statement regarding the 2010 death blatantly ignores the video footage in the film (No, you don't see the actual attack -- thank God -- but you do see the beginning of the attack when the whale grabs her arm). So, how can you really believe their other statements when you SEE the whale grab her arm and Sea World says, "Oh no, he totally grabbed her hair. Trust us."
While difficult to watch, this is a conversation we need to be having. If my recommendation doesn't make you want to watch it, it has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes
. If that isn't a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is.