Amongst other successes, the documentary has inspired Pixar to change their 'Finding Nemo' sequel and after the UK premiere of 'Blackfish' Thursday 21st November 2013 on BBC4, the whole nation has been talking about orca captivity, with #Blackfish becoming a trending topic on Twitter.
A change of heart has also occurred in members of Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. They announced two days ago that they will not perform their scheduled gig at marine entertainment park SeaWorld. This comes after they watched the documentary 'Blackfish' and after fans created an online petition asking them to reconsider the event. They Tweeted yesterday that "We've talked things over, and decided not to play at SeaWorld at this time." They also released a news article on their website which further explains their position.
Following BNL's reaction to their fans, to 'Blackfish' and to the plight of captive orca, an online petition has been created asking Willie Nelson to reconsider his scheduled performance at SeaWorld.
In this 21st Century, social media platforms really are providing us all with a loud voice that we can use to communicate with the world the topics and issues we are concerned about!
Recently, we at Orca Aware have discovered a new way to raise awareness about welfare concerns of orca. Thunderclaps are timed social media posts that people can sign up to in order to create a crowd-speaking platform. Anyone who has joined a Thunderclap will have the same post blasted across their social media sites at exactly the same time, "creating a wave of attention".
A Thunderclap has been created by our friends at Fins and Fluke for orca Morgan and they "are asking YOU to speak up for Morgan and her chance at freedom." Why are they doing this? "In sharing our message together at the same time we are standing up together and raising awareness for Morgan. Her upcoming hearing, December 3rd 2013, gives us a chance to get the message out to the public about her demise at Loro Parque. It's time for Morgan to go home to her real family!"
Morgan's Thunderclap already has a social reach of over half a million people and if you donate a status, even more people will learn about her situation. To find out who Morgan is and why she deserves your support, please visit Free Morgan Foundation.