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When Dory met Tilly.

When Dory met Tilly.

Posted 15 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: whales, orcas, SeaWorld, entertainment, Blackfish, Finding Dory, circuses

Last week I went to see the movie Blackfish. It’s a documentary about Tilikum, a whale who has been living in captivity in ‘amusement’ parks since he was 2 years old. If you missed it, here’s the trailer:

Needless to say, I cried and cried and wailed and snorted and hollered “Free Tilly” at the screen.

Orca whales are highly social animals, who swim many many kilometres per day. Yet, poor Tilikum is still living in a tiny tank in SeaWorld, Orlando. And he’s kept in isolation most of the time :(

Thankfully, I am not the only one who has been moved by this incredible documentary and there is hope for whales (and other captive animals) yet!

When the Pixar team saw Blackfish, they realised that captivity is not such a happy ending for animals. They sat down with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and made some drastic edits to the script of Finding Dory (the sequel to Finding Nemo, due to be released in 2015). Although little is known of the story line as yet, Pixar has said that while characters do travel to a marine park, they will have the option to go back to the ocean if they choose.


It’s not quite that simple in real life unfortunately BUT it is possible. Remember Free Willy? Willy was played by Keiko, and the movie had such an impact on the public that campaigning led to Keiko being moved to a sea-pen in Iceland waters where he eventually migrated to Norway. Although he was still cared for by professionals, he lived out the remainder of his life with a great deal of freedom.

Animal welfare groups in the U.S. are campaigning to get Tilikum released to a sea-pen and rehabilitated, just like Keiko. (You can add your name to the petition here).

But the best way that you can make a difference is by simply never visiting a marine park that makes animals perform. Just like rodeos and circuses that have animals, using animals for entertainment is unnecessary, and rarely provides animals with an environment that allows them to express their natural behaviours.

Despite the tears, it makes me so happy to see movies like Blackfish being made, exposing the significant problems with keeping wild animals in captivity. Have you seen any good animal documentaries lately? I’d love to hear about them.

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Marguerite Marguerite 15 August 2013
Wild Cameraman at work and Nature's Newborns  and For the Love of dog's with Paul O'Grady are the documentaries lately we have seen in England..
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tiedyedtofu tiedyedtofu 16 August 2013
That looks amazing! Where can I see it. (I live in NSW, Sydney)
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for_the_animals for_the_animals 17 August 2013
I have seen this documentry too and to see such great, intelligent animals have their lives taken away from them brings me to tears. I know one day they will be free.  orcawhale
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Marguerite Marguerite 18 August 2013
You can watch these on itv player and bbc i player I do not know what would be the equivalent in other countries..happy
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mowenna mowenna 20 August 2013
poor tilikum i wish they could all be set free sad Free Tilly  orcawhale
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Oussama Oussama 2 September 2013
I have seen this documentry too and to see such great, intelligent animals have their lives taken away from them brings me to tears. I know one day they will be free.  orcawhale orcawhale clap
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walter1 walter1 26 September 2013
Dieren mogen dan noch intelligent zijn , de mensheid moet ze vrijwaren tegen wreedaardige en corrupte mensen.Hun plaats wordt ingenomen door de mens en worden zoals ieder van jullie weet samengebracht en afgemaakt tot het zeewater veranderd in een bloedbad .Ieder van ons moet zorgen dat er genoeg petities getekend worden ,om het kwaad uit te bannen .Dieren in gevangenschap zijn dagelijks aan stress en marteling  onderworpen .Dan worden anti stress middelen toegediend om met mooie woorden te zeggen ,laat de dieren in hun habitat.
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Okami ovo vegetarian Okami ovo vegetarian 18 November 2014
FREE TILLY!!!  orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale
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