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Long Gone Wild (2019)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 1 February 2019 (USA)
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Despite key concessions by SeaWorld, its orcas are still performing every day, and in Eastern Russia the magnificent killer whale is hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park ... See full summary »


Bill Neal


Bill Neal





Cast overview:
Richard O'Barry ... Self
Naomi Rose Naomi Rose ... Self
Charles Vinick Charles Vinick ... Self
Lori Marino Lori Marino ... Self
Steven M. Wise ... Self
Ingrid Visser Ingrid Visser ... Self
Jeffrey Ventre Jeffrey Ventre ... Self
Carol Ray Carol Ray ... Self
Rachel Carbary Rachel Carbary ... Self
Jeffrey Foster Jeffrey Foster ... Self
Richard Bloom Richard Bloom ... Self - California State Assemblyman
Jared Moskowitz Jared Moskowitz ... Self - Florida State House of Representatives
David Kirby David Kirby ... Self
David Neiwert David Neiwert ... Self
Carly Ferguson Carly Ferguson ... Self (as Carly Furguson)


Despite key concessions by SeaWorld, its orcas are still performing every day, and in Eastern Russia the magnificent killer whale is hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park industry in China. Witness an in depth look at the case against captivity, The Whale Sanctuary Project, and covert missions on the high seas and in search of nine orcas held captive at a secret Chinese location.

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Has everything really changed?
16 July 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. As described here, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's 2013 documentary BLACKFISH "changed everything" in regards to Orcas being held in captivity. But then Bill Neal's documentary proceeds to lay out all of the problems that still exist and some new challenges that are occurring in Russia and China. So maybe everything hasn't changed.

We are told that in North America, there are 22 killer whales in captivity, 20 of which are at Sea World parks. These "killer whales" are really Orcas, the majestic black and white creatures that are featured in Sea World shows and promotional paraphernalia. In the wild, they hunt and feed on Blue whales, the largest animals on Earth. In captivity, they are fed flash-frozen fish from a bucket, and forced to swim in pools too shallow to protect their skin from the sun ... and worse, separated from their family and community.

The film provides a timeline and history of Orcas in captivity. 1965 was the year that Ted Griffin's Seattle aquarium put Namu on public display. After that, Shamu became the stage name for the main attraction at all Sea World parks. Of course, the film touches on Tillikum, the main focus of BLACKFISH and the Orca involved with the publicized death of a trainer. Tillikum was also the sire to many offspring used in the Sea World community.

Filmmaker Neal includes interviews with authors, scientists, former trainers, and researchers. Author David Kirby ("Death at Sea World") and Biologist Dr. Naomi Rose are two featured players who bring much insight to the topic. The "wildlife trade" now involves Russia capturing Orcas in the wild and then selling to China for millions of dollars. China is building marine parks modeled on what the United States had in the 1960's, and the poor facilities are a major concern for those involved with protecting the species.

For many years, science and education were the defense offered for keeping these animals in captivity. It's now very obvious that entertainment ... or more precisely, profit, is the driving force. The film leaves us with the updated statistics. Worldwide there are now 60 Orcas being held in captivity in 15 parks throughout 8 countries. The heartfelt plea from those involved with the Whale Sanctuary Project is "Don't buy a ticket". If only everything had really changed.

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