While looking for something I could bring with me to watch during my quick trip to Calgary, I stumbled on Blackfish. And being fascinated with Orca ever since a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium eons ago, I knew I had to watch it.

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multibillion dollar sea-park industry. –blackfishmovie.com

Words cannot begin to describe the emotion I felt upon watching this film. Using a combination of first-hand accounts from trainers, historical video footage, and context from world-renowned whale researchers, Blackfish is must-watch in my books. And what makes it more compelling in my books is how local this movie hits – Tilikum was first placed in captivity at Sealand of the Pacific (now closed, but previously located at Oak Bay Marina in Victoria, BC).

Have you seen Blackfish yet? And if so, what do you think?