Blackfish on CNN and why we prefer Whale Watching Tours

Blackfish on CNNBlackfish on CNN


Update November 9th, 2015 – SeaWorld San Diego to Phase Out Killer Whale Show

My husband and I watched Blackfish on CNN last night and honestly, were unprepared. I just stumbled across it and thought it would be interesting. I was unaware of the controversy. Little did I know I would be in tears within the first 20 minutes.

If you haven’t seen Blackfish, it’s a documentary on the Killer Whales at SeaWorld. It premiered on CNN last night after being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.

We haven’t been to SeaWorld in years. Not because we had objections to SeaWorld, but only because I find my family enjoys going on local Whale Watching tours instead. And now that I am aware of the circumstances, my guess is that we will not return to SeaWorld.

After seeing Blackfish, I feel we’ve made the right choice. In my opinion, animals like this should not not be kept captive, especially being housed in what really amounts to extra large swimming pools. Orcas are know to swim up to 100 miles a day. Whales in captivity have been separated from their families (heartbreaking) and are made to swim around basically in circles. When inter-whale conflicts develop, rather than being able to swim away and let the situation diffuse, the targeted whale is stuck in close proximity to his agresssor. It’s just horrifying to consider the conditions these magnificent beings are forced to exist in — and all for the sake of our entertainment and corporate profit.

The trainers are put in danger, but at least they have a choice in their profession and are aware of the potential risk.


If you live anywhere along a coast line, chances are there are Whale Watching tours available. And with daily deal sites like Groupon, you can often find great deals and will save a ton of money vs a trip to a marine park, like SeaWorld.  In Southern California, whale watching excursions happen year round, but the winter months are some of the best viewing opportunities.



Just watching YouTube video like these…you can hear the awe in the passengers voices aboard a Whale Watching Tour. And it’s a fun family getaway and a unique experience.  You’re also helping to support a local business rather than a corporation — just something to think about.


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