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Killer Whale

Killer whale, (Orcinus orca), also called orca, largest member of the dolphinfamily (Delphinidae). The killer whale is easy to identify by its size and striking coloration: jet black on top and pure white below with a white patch behind each eye, another extending up each flank, and a variable “saddle patch” just behind the dorsal fin. Despite the fact that this cetacean is a powerful carnivore, there is no record of its having killed humans in the wild. Dozens of killer whales have been kept in captivity and trained as performers, a practice that in the

 

 

Introduction

This research guide has been created to support the Year 11 Media Production and Analysis students studying Blackfish.

The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.

 

Blackfish movie

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(Bart,& Cowperthwaite, 2013)

Interviews with Cowperthwaite

(Anne Mavity, 2014)

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