A week-long series of specials about orcas in captivity culminates tonight with the premiere of Blackfish on CNN. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's damning documentary focuses on Tilikum, SeaWorld's prime bull orca.
Lolita, the sole killer whale at a Floridian marine park, received another boost last week as advocates held a last-minute rally to plead her case to Dateline, one of Australia's longest-running international current affairs programs.
San Diego -
SeaWorld executives rarely respond to criticism beyond a sentence or two. But today, the vice president of zoological operations for SeaWorld San Diego, Mike Scarpuzzi, published an entire editorial in the U-T San Diego.
Not content with four deaths and numerous injuries to trainers by its killer whales, SeaWorld is rolling out a big shot lawyer in an attempt to get its trainers back into the water with captive orcas.
If you wonder why conservationists decry keeping orcas in artificial environments, this video should explain it. It disabuses any allegations by captive entertainment facilities that when orcas perform in parks, they are engaging in natural behaviors.
From horrific orca captures to the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, David Kirby's groundbreaking investigative thriller chillingly exposes a side of SeaWorld deftly hidden from public view.
In a long-awaited decision in the OSHA versus SeaWorld case, Judge Ken Welsch has ruled that the park's trainers should be protected by physical barriers or some other means providing the same level of safety, when working with killer whales.
New York -
With two months still to go until the launch of 'Death at SeaWorld' on July 17, author David Kirby's book is attracting critical acclaim from cetacean scientists, the endorsement of a supermodel and angst for those who would see the book banned.
In Feb. 2010, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed during a show by the orca Tilikum. Official documents from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, showed that SeaWorld dispatchers waited 27 minutes before dialing 911 for help. Why?