Cetaceans are fascinating. Cetacea is the order of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. They evolved from land mammals, and for some reason returned to the sea. They are highly intelligent. India recently gave them the legal status of non-human person, and made keeping them in captivity for amusement parks illegal. Check out Robert Krulwich’s post about it. The American Association for the Advancement of Science supports a Cetacean bill of rights. Not only are they highly intelligent, they also have complex emotional lives, complex social rules, and languages.
In light of this, the existence of places like Seaworld seems barbaric and arcane.
So the story that Blackfish tells is complicated, a bit like a court drama, and it’s so interesting. It tells a great story that will stick with you. I can’t stop thinking about it.
It plays through Thursday, 9/19 at Images Cinema.