Furthermore, "Blackfish" exercised considerable discipline in its storytelling, choosing not to cover the many issues that are now surfacing about SeaWorld:
The administration of benzodiazepine (Valium) to many killer whales who are said to be experiencing grief, stress or anxiety.
The circumstances surrounding the deaths of multiple whales.
The circumstances involving the injuries of multiple trainers.
The scant amount of revenues (roughly .06% of $1.5 billion a year) that SeaWorld puts toward conservation.
SeaWorld's ongoing methods of obtaining marine mammals from the wild.
Although the attention paid to these issues seems to be growing daily by an increasingly informed public, SeaWorld continues to deny -- despite the evidence -- that trainers assume an inappropriate amount of risk and that the welfare of its killer whales is compromised by captivity. The issue is not whether SeaWorld has world-class facilities, as it insists at every turn. The issue is whether the care and environment SeaWorld can provide its killer whales can meet their needs and whether trainers left to administer the care can do so safely. "Blackfish" -- by documenting the health issues, the whale-on-whale and whale-on-trainer aggressions, as well as the compromised lives and social experience of SeaWorld's killer whales -- makes clear that SeaWorld cannot give its killer whales lives that are in any way adequate.