I watched Blackfish, the documentary, last night. It was dreadful and stunning and a thoroughly necessary work of art. I didn’t know much about whales, except that like dolphins, they are a highly evolved marine species. They have languages specific to their pod (traveling family), and are social, emotional beings. The documentary follows Tillikum, an orca whale from Iceland that was brought to the US at only 2 years, abused by other captive Orcas for years, suffering psychological harm that many believe resulted in the death of 3 people over the course of his captivity.

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