Blackfish Documentary Analysis

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BLACKFISH ‘FRIEND. OUTCAST. KILLER.’ Killer whales, also known as orcas, make up the largest members of the dolphin family and the top predator in their ecosystem. Their beauty and intelligence of sound and emotion has astounded humans for generations, but for many orcas captivity limits their freedom and enjoyment of life. A film documentary ‘Blackfish’ directed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite clearly states that they oppose of orcas held in captivity by having former trainers of SeaWorld state their point of view to convince people around the world that captivity is wrong. I strongly believe this is beyond cruel. How orcas are treated and whether orcas should be kept in captivity are some of the concerns today when it comes to establishments that house and train animals for fun or profit. The things people often do with their family and friends include visiting amusement parks like SeaWorld. These can be great places for entertainment, and fun for people of all ages but they don’t take the time to think about the issues that may surround these types of entertainment. Captive orcas are unable to engage in the most basic and instinct of their natural behaviours which has resulted in collapsed dorsal fin, as of stress, illness and injury. The…show more content…
To persuade the documentary’s audience Gabriella has used a technique called actuality. Throughout, there are snippets of footage, provided by former Sea World trainers, from the incidents of humans caused by the orcas. The provided footage has been clips of Kelty Burn’s and Dawn Brancheau’s accidents. Former Sea World trainers have been interviewed for the documentary to help build up a persuasion in the audience that neither have they known the accidents of these orcas and definitely agree on setting captive orcas free, along with interviewed spectators. The techniques support the documentary’s point of

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