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  • 'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on

    'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on
    SAN DIEGO — Gabriela Cowperthwaite looked out the window of a train at the ocean and the bros surfing and the fish taco stands whizzing by. "I'm antsy," she said, shifting in her seat. She checked her cellphone, which she had largely been ignoring...
  • 818 Roundup: Congress attempts to change marine life captivity rules, self-defense classes in Glendale resume

    818 Roundup: Congress attempts to change marine life captivity rules, self-defense classes in Glendale resume
    Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Friday, June 13. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 78 degrees and a low of 60 degrees. Your top news stories today:  - In a bipartisan decision Thursday, U.S. Congress took a step to...
  • New chair at Visit Florida has killer whale history

    New chair at Visit Florida has killer whale history
    The new chairman at Visit Florida is no stranger to one of the state’s thorniest tourism controversies: killer whale captivity. Andrew Hertz, president and general manager of the Miami Seaquarium, will take over as chair of the state’s...
  • SeaWorld Orlando: Shamu show taking break next year

    SeaWorld Orlando: Shamu show taking break next year
    Shamu Stadium, home of SeaWorld Orlando's iconic killer-whale show, will be closed for about three months early next year while its main pool is repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience are replaced, theme-park...
  • Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite gets in deep with 'Blackfish'

     Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite gets in deep with 'Blackfish'
    Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's riveting documentary "Blackfish" tells the story of Tilikum, an aggressive bull orca who has lived the last 30 years in captivity. The film's central debate circles around what exactly caused the whale's behavior...
  • Review: 'Blackfish' and the thorny captivity of a killer whale

    Review: 'Blackfish' and the thorny captivity of a killer whale
    The stirring documentary "Blackfish" vividly tracks the thorny case of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound killer whale and longtime SeaWorld Orlando attraction responsible for three deaths over the course of several decades in captivity. Director Gabriela...
  • 'Blackfish,' other animal documentaries move far beyond the cuddly

    'Blackfish,' other animal documentaries move far beyond the cuddly
    The new documentary "Blackfish" opens with footage of a killer whale and a human being beneath the water's surface. As their forms become entangled, it looks as if they are involved in some kind of struggle, and the moment grows increasingly ominous....
  • Critic's pick: 'Blackfish' makes case for leaving animals in the wild

    Critic's pick: 'Blackfish' makes case for leaving animals in the wild
    There is a kind of denial we cling to when it comes to wild creatures in captivity. As if the smiling, performing orcas of SeaWorld are content to trade freedom for fish and applause. "Blackfish," director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's excellent new...
  • Protesters target Shedd Aquarium

    Protesters target Shedd Aquarium
    A group of protesters targeted the Shedd Aquarium today as part of a campaign in about a dozen countries to ask that whales and dolphins in captivity be released. The "Empty the Tanks" campaign today targeted aquariums in at least 10 U.S. cities,...
  • End the killer whale circus

    End the killer whale circus
    SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orlando theme park more than three years ago. But that's unlikely to happen in the near future — not after the...
  • 'Blackfish' gives Pixar second thoughts on 'Finding Dory' plot

    'Blackfish' gives Pixar second thoughts on 'Finding Dory' plot
    “Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary. The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding...