One Year After ‘Blackfish,’ SeaWorld Goes On Offensive
Monday, February 3, 2014
Aired 2/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director, 'Blackfish'
Deborah Giles, Marine Biogeographer, UC Davis
David Bain, Former Killer Whale Biologist with Marine World Foundation
SeaWorld is a major San Diego attraction. But one of the year's most successful documentaries has challenged how the theme park treats its animal stars, the killer whales, also known as Orcas.
The movie "Blackfish" has grossed $2 million at the box office. That's quite a feat for any documentary. It has been seen by more than 21 million TV viewers, thanks to its broadcast on CNN.
The enduring controversy about 'Blackish' has made it impossible for SeaWorld to ignore.
They did, however, decline our invitation to join us on Midday.