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Blackfish: The Whale that Killed

Documentary which unravels the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally-wrenching, tautly-structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

  • Originally Aired November 21, 2013
  • Runtime 75 minutes
  • Content Rating United States of America TV-PG
  • Production Code b03j49l6
  • Network BBC Four
Name Type Role
Gabriela Cowperthwaite Director