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WIN 2 tix to see Blackfish!

WIN 2 tix to see Blackfish!

Posted 7 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 42 Comments

Tags: whales, orcas, SeaWorld, entertainment, Blackfish, win, competition, contest, giveaway

OMG. I saw Blackfish during the Melbourne International Film Festival and when Madman Films offered us some free tix to giveaway we jumped at the offer. Blackfish is a doco about a performing killer whale named Tilikum who lives in captivity in SeaWorld, Orlando. It is sooooo ... well it’s very sad but also GREAT that Tilikum’s story is being told. Check out the trailer here:

This movie is already having a massive impact in the U.S. A poll by CNN found that 86% of people said they wouldn’t go to SeaWorld after learning about the cruelty of keeping killer whales in captivity. Orcas are highly social and active animals and keeping them in small tanks (in Tilikum’s case) in isolation is unacceptable.

Loads of celebrities are also speaking out against marine parks including Ellen Page, Leona Lewis and Russell Brand. Blackfish also inspired Pixar to change the ending of Finding Dory (to be released next year)!

It’s so exciting that this film is coming to cinemas on November 21, so that Tilikum’s story can continue to reach people. And what’s even more exciting is that YOU get the chance to see it for FREE!*

There's 10 freebie tix all up so we’ll be giving 2 tickets to 1 winner from each of the following states/territories – NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and Vic. (Sorry if you live in WA, NT or Tas but no cinemas are showing Blackfish as yet :( Why not get in touch with your local cinema and let them know that you’d love them to screen it?)


SO, here’s how to win: Comment below with the coolest fact you know about killer whales. The ones that make my eyes pop out the most will be the winners :) The competition closes on Sunday 17th November so DON’T MISS OUT!

*The movie is only screening in 5 states/territories so please check the full list of venues below to make sure there’s one near you before entering the comp.


ACT Dendy Canberra
NSW Chauvel Cinema
  Dendy Newtown
QLD Gold Coast Arts Centre
  Palace Barracks
SA Palace Nova Eastend
VIC Cinema Nova

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Blackfish ticket giveaway! 

Have you seen the film? What did you think

« No words.     And the winner is ... bobby calves! »

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Inactive Inactive 7 November 2013
The only recorded instances of a killer whale attacking a human being have been of attacks by killer whales held in captivity. No killer whale that lives in the wild has ever attacked a human being. orcawhale
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Grassbetweenmytoes Grassbetweenmytoes 7 November 2013
Every Orca has a unique marking behind their dorsal fin, distinguishing them from one another, especially useful for humans studying them. Each killer whale is an individual and is unique! orcawhale
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KaelaLisa KaelaLisa 7 November 2013
The life expectancy of a killer whale in the wild is 50-60 years for males and up to 90 years for females, however, killer whales in captivity live less than 30 years.  orcawhale sad
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Cayenne Cayenne 8 November 2013
Killer whales carry their young for a 13- to 17-month pregnancy.
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veganrhi veganrhi 8 November 2013
Orcas have amazing senses & can learn local dialects, teach other orca hunting techniques & pass on behaviors that last for generations.
Truly wonderful & intelligent creatures. Can't wait to take my family to see Blackfish!
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tiedyedtofu tiedyedtofu 9 November 2013
The part 'killer' in the killer whales name as a zoologist once cut open an adult killer whale to find 13 dolphins and 14 penguins (must of been hungry)
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sossevarvo sossevarvo 10 November 2013
The brain of a killer whale is five times the size of a human brain, making them naturally social, intelligent and curious. Studies have shown under microscopic detail that the orca brain may be as structured and developed as the human brain, making them one of the smartest animals on the planet.
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luke warmwater luke warmwater 11 November 2013
In the early 20th century, whaling boats around Eden NSW were assisted by a pod of orcas, who used to herd whales into the bay. In return, the whalers would cut out the whales' tongues and give it to the orcas, who were led at the time by a large male known as Old Tom.  After a while the whalers stopped giving the tongues to the orcas, which led to the latter withdrawing their services.  The first and only known killer whale strike in history.

When Old Tom was found dead one day, they preserved his skeleton and displayed it in the Eden Killer Whale Museum.
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Louisa Dent Louisa Dent 11 November 2013
Orca's are the most widely distributed marine mammals. They are found in all parts of the oceans and in most seas from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

In the North Pacific Ocean, killer whales are often sighted in all parts of Alaska, including:

Bering Sea
Aleutian Islands
Prince William Sound
southeastern Alaska
They are also often sighted in other areas of the North Pacific Ocean, such as:

nearshore and intercoastal waterways of British Columbia, Canada and Washington state
along the U.S. Pacific coast in Washington, Oregon, and California
along the Russian coast in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk on the eastern side of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands
In the North Atlantic Ocean, sightings of killer whales are commonly documented up to the pack ice edge:

in Norwegian waters
around Iceland
In the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, killer whales are frequently sighted off the coasts of:

Antarctica, along the pack ice
southern Argentina
New Zealand

A study in the sudden death of a tagged shark of the coast of Western Australia. Found a nutrient hot spot at the  Bremer Canyon frequent by large number of orca's around least 100 if not more.
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EmiLou EmiLou 11 November 2013
Killer whales will hunt and drown prey as large as minke whales. They harass and ram the whale and exhaust it. They work together to kill by ramming the whale from the underside and flipping the huge mammal over in order to drown it. Then once dead, they will begin tearing it to pieces in a frenzy, where usually the older females go first. That's called a group effort!!
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DaniJ6 DaniJ6 11 November 2013
Orcas social groups/families/pods are so unique that each group communicate in a different 'language'. This is why orcas in captivity who are mixed with other orcas have trouble and often bully each other. You can't just mix random orcas together and hope they get along, they can't even communicate effectively!
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Kim412 Kim412 11 November 2013
The scientific name for an orca is Ornicus orca. 'Orca' comes from the Latin word 'orcus' which means 'lower world'. In 'Behind the Dolphin Smile' by Ric O'Barry (former dolphin trainer turned activist) he states that this would more accurately translate to 'demon dolphin'.
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Biancaelle Biancaelle 11 November 2013
Recent studies have found that orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world. Pollution and chemical contamination make orcas more susceptible to disease and likely cause reproductive difficulties.

My Cinema is Gold Coast
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MyDetention MyDetention 11 November 2013
Orcas have proven time and time again to have highly complex emotions (perhaps even more so than humans) and display these often, grieving over lost members of their pods, showing anger and aggression or happiness.
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EarthLovingMumma EarthLovingMumma 11 November 2013
Killer whale families are protective of young and adolescent females and assist one another in caring for them. Now that's how true family life should be!!
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DianaJP DianaJP 11 November 2013
Regional groups of killer whales can be very different from one another in diet, appearance, dialect, and genetics. Experts use caution when generalizing about killer whales, knowing that the many regional stocks of killer whales that have not been as well studied may be quite different from the eastern North Pacific resident whales.
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Danielle Germech Danielle Germech 11 November 2013
The Orcas in Eden Australia would help the whale fishermen by helping them round up the other whales and the fishermen would kill them and give the tongues to the orcas as a treat .
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rmb rmb 11 November 2013
Most males never leave their mothers.
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Claire Bear1 Claire Bear1 11 November 2013
Orcas usually only eat the lips and tongues of whales they kill, ignoring the rest of the body!
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RLBarnwell RLBarnwell 11 November 2013
Once a calf is born into a pod, they remain in that pod for the rest of their lives, often side-by-side with their mum and siblings! Orca are the only known species in the world where both male and female offspring stay with their mothers and immediate family forever! orcawhale%uFFFD%uFFFD

Hearing this melted my heart and shows such a sweet natured animal love

I couldn't help myself but share another fun fact I learned today: Orcas do not have a set breeding season, the females choose their mate and mate whenever the opportunity arises! They also breed outside of their pod reducing genetic imbreeding! orcawhale What smart creatures!
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GemzLuvsAnimals GemzLuvsAnimals 11 November 2013
Killer Whales are cetaceans which belong to the order Delphinidae. This means that they are Dolphins regardless the word whale is in its name.
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christinet christinet 11 November 2013
Orcas are sometimes called the wolves of the sea because they hunt in a group like a wolf pack.

The are also apex predators, with no animals that hunt them, with the exception of humans  cry orcawhale
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GemzLuvsAnimals GemzLuvsAnimals 11 November 2013
Killer Whales are cetaceans which belong to the order Delphinidae. This means that they are %u201CDolphins%u201D regardless the word %u201Cwhale%u201D is in its name. orcawhale
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cbell94 cbell94 11 November 2013
Female Orcas go through menopause at around 40 years of age!
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The Killer Whale is the largest Dolphin and even though it is called a Killer Whale it does not attack humans, it basically feeds off  seals, sea lions, whales, fish, squid and seabirds. Cool hey, the Killer Whale the largest of the Dolphin family   ecstatic ecstatic
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Swanky Swanky 12 November 2013
There is a species of Orca 'Resident' that are exclusively fish eaters and dont eat Mammals! they are sometimes referred to as Vegetarian...
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nobijuan nobijuan 12 November 2013
Orcas faces are so covered in blubber that you can't see when they smile (the muscle movement can't be seen on the skin's surface).
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Sabenna Sabenna 13 November 2013
Killer whales give birth every three to five years in the wild, although in captivity they have been known to give birth every two years.
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MuffinMan MuffinMan 14 November 2013
They're not really black and white but more of a grey tone similar to a shark. They appear black & white to us because they're all mad keen football fans, following Collingwood, so they had Neptune make them special skintight aqua suits in 'black and white' in order to show their support for their favourite land bound sports team.  

Note: don't believe everything you read online tongue
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mljef3 mljef3 14 November 2013
Killer Whales are cetaceans which belong to the order Delphinidae. This means that they are %u201CDolphins%u201D regardless the word %u201Cwhale%u201D is in its name.
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scattley scattley 17 November 2013
According to Qi...older KW teach the younger ones the "wave trick". A seal is on a iceflow and 3-4 of them line up and swim towards it and then dives...the wave that is created goes over the flow and its "Dinner time"
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Sheriff Sheriff 17 November 2013
The dorsal fin of the female orca can be up to 4 feet tall while the male's can be up to 6 feet tall!

My cinema is newtown nsw. I hope I win so my husband and I can have a date night whilst bubba is babysat happy
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Samuel Tomas Samuel Tomas 17 November 2013
A group of Australian Killer Whales, known as the 'Killer Whales of Eden', would assist the local whalers to capture and kill baleen whales in Twofold Bay, NSW between 1840 and 1930  clap
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alecia alecia 17 November 2013
Orcas are highly social animals who live in stable social groups ranging from two to 15 individuals. In some populations, children stay with their mothers for life. In captivity, orcas are forced to live with orcas from other family units who speak a completely different language than they do and are constantly moved between facilities for breeding and to perform.
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tamika tamika 17 November 2013
Some interesting animals and species that have been found in the stomachs of killer whales include birds, other whales, reptiles, polar bears and moose.
scared  orcawhale  love
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tamika tamika 17 November 2013
Some interesting animals and species that have been found in the stomachs of killer whales include birds, other whales, reptiles, polar bears and moose.

p.s. my cinema is melbourne happy
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michmich michmich 17 November 2013
Killer whales endure a 13 to 18 month pregnancy!!!! I say endure because i am currently 8 months pregnant and can not imagine it going on for more than 1 more month wink
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GeorgiaMids GeorgiaMids 17 November 2013
A male killer whale is called a bull, a female is called a cow and babies are called calves!
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babybabar babybabar 17 November 2013
These majestic whales are not actually direct members of the whale family but are in fact, the largest species of dolphins in the world. It's often mistaken because dolphins and whales are closely related as members of the cetacean family but they're totally different species!
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Damelapog Damelapog 21 November 2013
I Found this pretty interesting ! The killer whale seems to be one of the species not affected by global warming. Instead, the melting of the polar ice increases their hunting domain.

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Izzy the Future Surgeon Izzy the Future Surgeon 11 January 2014
Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing into the sharks stomach causing the shark to explode. fish ecstatic scared
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Okami ovo vegetarian Okami ovo vegetarian 22 December 2014
sad movie, i saw it two times  apple bump orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale ecstatic

i want to invite my friends over to watch it with me on new years eve  party tech orcawhale orcawhale orcawhale idea
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