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Your thoughts on 'Blackfish'

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  • You can watch Blackfish on CNN Sunday night at 9pm ET
  • Blackfish looks at the complicated history of killer whales in captivity
Your thoughts on 'Blackfish'

Hear from the director of Blackfish

Hear from the director of Blackfish

In 2010, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by the 12,000-pound killer whale, Tilikum. Brancheau was an experienced trainer with SeaWorld, having worked with orcas for years. But in "Blackfish," the filmmakers say this tragedy was not an isolated incident or freak accident. The filmmakers say there are dozens of reports of killer whales in captivity harming trainers and they even say Tilikum was responsible for the death of another woman years earlier.

The filmmakers of "Blackfish" spoke to multiple experts and former trainers and go back decades in their investigation into what happens to these highly intelligent animals when they are held in captivity. But what did you think of the documentary 'Blackfish'? Here are some of your tweets:

 

 

 

SeaWorld, in a statement to HLN said, “'Blackfish' is billed as a documentary, but instead of a fair and balanced treatment of a complex subject, the film is inaccurate and misleading and, regrettably, exploits a tragedy that remains a source of deep pain for Dawn Brancheau’s family, friends and colleagues. To promote its bias that killer whales should not be maintained in a zoological setting, the film paints a distorted picture that withholds from viewers key facts about SeaWorld – among them, that SeaWorld is one of the world’s most respected zoological institutions, that SeaWorld rescues, rehabilitates and returns to the wild hundreds of wild animals every year, and that SeaWorld commits millions of dollars annually to conservation and scientific research. Perhaps most important, the film fails to mention SeaWorld's commitment to the safety of its team members and guests and to the care and welfare of its animals, as demonstrated by the company’s continual refinement and improvement to its killer whale facilities, equipment and procedures both before and after the death of Dawn Brancheau."

Michael Scarpuzzi, SeaWorld’s Vice President of Zoological Operations, also wrote an op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune, “SeaWorld’s benefits to conservation, research ignored” which you can read here

You can watch "CNN Films: Blackfish" on CNN Sunday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET.

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