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by Madeline Raynor
June 3, 2013 5:18 PM
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Watch: Riveting Trailer for Killer Whale Documentary 'Blackfish' Will Scare You Straight

Lest you ever underestimate the capacity of killer whales to kill, the heart-stopping trailer for "Blackfish" will scare you straight. Magnolia Pictures has just released the trailer for the upcoming documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, which is set to hit theaters July 19th. "Blackfish" tells the story of Tilikum, a performing whale at SeaWorld that swallowed its trainer whole.

"Blackfish" goes behind the dichotomy of how we perceive killer whales, or, orcas. On the one hand, these creatures seem friendly and fascinating to watch as they soar out of the water before a crowd at SeaWorld. But on the other hand, they have the ability to kill viciously. The documentary exposes never before seen footage and interviews from the Tilikum case surrounding this hushed up scandal. The film spans the orca's fascinating nature, the cruel treatment of orcas in captivity, and the disillusionment of workers who have had their safety jeopardized by the corrupt and profitable sea-park industry.

Watch the riveting trailer below:


  • cantdroptherock | June 16, 2013 12:44 AMReply

    he did not swallow her whole. this article is almost entirely false.
    I am excited to see this documentary and absolutely agree it is about a corrupt corporation and exploitation of wildlife.

  • DH | June 3, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    This post completely misses the mark... the film is obviously not about how dangerous Killer Whales are. It's about how morally bankrupt and evil SeaWorld is and how people have driven non-human animals crazy with our lack of empathy or concern for their interests.

  • SFAnnie | June 4, 2013 8:46 PM

    Couldn't agree more. We already know killer whales kill. That's how they eat?? So why is it such a terrible tragedy when you put bait in front of them and they eat it? We should be focusing on how wonderful and graceful these creatures are, and how they should be left alone to live life to the fullest. It's all any species wants. These movies that overhype the "accidental" deaths in order to instill fear are nothing I care to see.