Later, when I started peeling back the onion, I realized he gave me a powerful point of entry but the story was about so much more than Tilikum. TakePart: Did you try to speak with SeaWorld officials? Analysed by experts, they were found to be long-distance calls: she was trying to reach her calf, now hundreds of miles away in another oceanarium.
Crucially, it was not the first violent incident associated with Tilikum. He could hear no ocean sounds, only the mechanical rush of filtration. As good as the film is, it could never have had such a profound effect on viewers if SeaWorld had not done such a good job of making the world fall in love with orcas in the first place.
As people are awakened to the cruelty involved, marine parks, zoos, and circuses will be forced to change their business model. Cowperthwaite is understandably sceptical about SeaWorld's promises.
Then it went through the same routine as the dolphins: jumping through a hoop, balancing a ball on its nose, catching fish in its fearsome mouth. Her film centred around the death of Dawn Brancheau, reportedly one of the more safety-conscious animal trainers at the Orlando park.
Captive dophins suffer a similarly tragic fate.