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When I started work on Blackfish, I could not possibly have imagined the effect it would have on SeaWorld.
Let’s be honest. Not a lot of people see documentaries. And not a lot
of people want to see a movie that sucker punches a beloved cultural
icon. But it seems as though the movie has indeed changed how many view
Over the past couple of years, SeaWorld’s visitor numbers have fallen, its stock has plummeted, lawsuits
have confronted their business practices, legislation has challenged
what goes on at Shamu Stadium, and reported profits were down 84% on the previous year.
People ask me whether this is a win. I can only say that it was
inevitable, and that I hope it’s only the beginning. Today’s kids are
increasingly becoming part of the “I can’t believe we used to do that”
generation. They know that killer whales are not suitable for captivity.
Instead of acknowledging this, SeaWorld has decided to spend its way
out of the crisis. With its glossy, protracted PR fight, it continues to
claim it is battling an image problem. Yet I see no meaningful change. I
guess this is what happens when a corporation operates essentially
ungoverned for 45 years. But I know many of us still hold out hope that
SeaWorld, in one final Hail Mary pass, will do something drastically
progressive – like stopping their breeding programme. This would mean no
more baby Shamus for SeaWorld. It would mean that the whales currently
at SeaWorld would be the last it will ever have in captivity.
After this, SeaWorld could almost singlehandedly pioneer a sea
sanctuary where it could retire the remaining whales. SeaWorld’s whales
are unlikely to know how to hunt for their own food because they are
given antibiotics and might die if they’re not in human care, so they
can’t simply be tossed back into the open ocean. But a killer whale
sanctuary would provide these animals with a massive, cordoned off,
ocean cove where they could live out their lives in a healthier and more