The film “Blackfish," a critical documentary on the treatment of orcas and trainer safety at SeaWorld and other aquatic parks, has been a trending topic on social media.
"I think it was really eye-opening,” said San Antonian Christina Aderhold, who recently viewed the film. "I've told my friends on Facebook. No, I'm not going back to SeaWorld. I have no intention of going. I am not going to bring my daughter."
"My two sisters work there and I like to go there and pet the dolphins, but supposedly they're doing some pretty bad things,” said Christopher Reyes, who had not seen the entire film.
San Antonian Patti Reiner has season passes, and while the documentary raised some questions for her, she continues to plan to visit the park.
"I'm not sure how I feel about the whales being in captivity with recent accidents with trainers,” she said.
State Rep. Joaquin Castro took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
SeaWorld released a statement in response to “Blackfish” that reads, in part:
"Blackfish is billed as a documentary, but instead of a fair and balanced treatment of a complex subject, the film is inaccurate and misleading and, regrettably, exploits a tragedy that remains a source of deep pain for Dawn Brancheau’s family, friends and colleagues."
“Blackfish” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film aired on CNN on Oct. 24.
On Monday afternoon, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Casandra Matej issued a statement that reads, in part:
“We have experienced first-hand for many years that SeaWorld is a tremendously responsible partner – passionate about conservation, and absolutely world class in protecting the animals in their care. The welfare of wildlife comes first with SeaWorld – and through their programs, research, and the education they provide, have done a great deal of good in raising awareness in this area."