Class 5B were thrilled to receive an award for all their wonderful work based on the film Blackfish. Last week the class were recognised by the charity PETA for all their hard work to campaign for the freedom of captive Killer Whales. All the blogging the class had done to raise awareness for the plight of captive orcas, which can be read here, has had a big impact with people around the world.
Their achievements were then shared on BBC Radio Manchester this week. To listen to the story please watch this video:
There was also a short report in today’s Manchester Evening News:
We would like to thank PETA for rewarding the class and to everyone who has supported the children’s effort with this project. It has been a great example of how blogging can really inspire children to write for a real purpose and demonstrated to the class how their learning can make a REAL difference.
If you haven’t yet seen the film, Blackfish, it is airing next week on BBC Four – READ MORE HERE. Please note the children have only watch suitable clips from the film, there are scenes which I wouldn’t deem appropriate for children of a Primary age.
The only thing i’d want for a whale is it to be swimming in the the deep blue sea! To not ever perform in front of lots and lots of people everyday just for frozen fish to be thown down there throat , to not be bulled by other whales in captivity. All this is not something you would want in your life for your children to be taken away from you but what about whales would it be the same then!!!
Some scientists say that male Orcas live to be about 30 years old, and females live to be about 50 years old in the wilds, while others believe that the males live to be about 50 and the females live to be about 90 years old. However, all scientists agree that both male and female Orcas held in captivity don’t live much more than twenty years.
The fact that Orcas do not reach their natural life expectancy in captivity has become a source of many heated debates between those that hold the dolphins captive, and those who want to protect them. Animal activist feel that Orcas are only taken into captivity for entertainment and profit, and not for scientific study. Furthermore, they feel that any scientific study of Orcas would be best done in the killer whale’s natural habitat – not in aquariums. Another concern for Orcas that are born in the wilds, then taken into captivity, is the fact that Orcas live in pods – or families – and their families operate much like our human families do – with strong attachments and emotions. The psychological effect of tearing these majestic creatures away from their family members is a great source of concern.
Before the Internet, when information traveled slowly – if it traveled at all – the general public knew very little of the plight of the Orcas held in captivity. They simply enjoyed the entertainment that these larger than life creatures provided at marine parks, such as Sea World. However, now that information flows freely throughout the world, a greater awareness of the unnatural conditions these Orcas are forced to live in has come to light. Several incidents have been reported over the past several years that make many people question the continued captivity of Orcas. These incidents include accidents, illnesses, failed pregnancies, premature deaths, and even attacks on trainers and other human beings.
Aggression towards Orca’s trainers, and their fellow captives has been increasing rapidly over the past few years. Many feel that this is due to the compromised mental and physical health of Orcas held in unnatural habitats. When compared to Orcas that live free, the Orcas held in captivity have very different behaviors. The size of the tanks, and the lack of anything resembling their natural habitat is blamed for the variations in both health and behavior. Natural movement and speed are decreased, and the tanks have flat, plain blue walls. Many scientists believe this lack of diversity in the tanks leads to limited activities, which also affects the behavior of the Orcas.
thank you for reading Sophia 5B
Orcas were discovered in 1896.They are atcually dolphins, not whales!The first orcas were captured in 1945.Orcas have been in captivity for 68 years.They are fed frozen food and have to perform tricks to be fed.If one orca did the trick wrong all the orcas would get no food.Before I new this I wanted to go to Sea World, Orlando, but now I don’t.Orcas live longer in the wild, with a lifespan of 90 years but orcas in captivity only live up to 60 years.I really want to save the orcas from captivity.
PLEASE READ CHAPTER 6 HERE
We planned to swim south to see if there was any nutricious fish.We started our journey with a “Are you ready?Antartica, here we come!” from me.Off we went, at a lovely pace.We were going to be the first orcas to cross the Atlantic Ocean north to south.Friends, one quest, and one sea.After two days we had passed Portugal, but there were no amazing tasting fish.We swam south-east until we got at least fifty miles from the coast.As I am telling this story, I have never forgot that day.When we got that far we swam south again.This was where Sea-world had got all the cod from.All orcas hate cod.We started to rapidly swim away until we finally got to Argintina, where we were going to spend that stormy night…
That night I couldn’t sleep because of all the horrible memories stewing up in my head, almost as if they were coming back to haunt me!I ventured outside the cave to see if there was any danger about.Cautiously, I looked side to side.No danger.I jumped back into the collosal cave and eventually got to sleep.The next day, we found that Jerry was unconcious, so we carried him to the wall and gently dunked him underwater.Nothing.Not even a chuckle.I banged his head against the wall.That sure did it!He woke up up and when we put him in the water he staggered backwards into the wall.
Killer Whales have a life.
Stop buying tickets for sea world, stop cheering the whales on when you know that it is not right
They hurt each other and bully each other so that they can be the dominant one would you want to have blood streaming down your body? No? Then why let it happen to killer whales?
The killer whales are only fed if they perform tricks that they are forced to do your they live their life in a bath tub compared to them and the people don’t even bother filling up the water so that they can actually swim some where .
Would you let this happen to humans? Animals are just the same…
Why are killer whales kept in captivity? It must STOP!
Captured by huge tangling nets the people are up to mischeiF
Agony when being transported by plane wich is terRible
PEople think it OKAY but is NOT
They are trying to come up with a clever plan to escape
Illnesses of bordeM they end up eating the side of the small pool
Very trying being an Orca why is this happening?
In the pool its like a Rounded bath.
Tommorow has to chanGe for them.
Yucky smelly dried fish which they absoloutley hAte.
! if its nasty for us to be treated like that how can it be all right for them, FREE MORGAN!
From Sophia 5B.
If I were a whale I would wish to be up in space, going shopping or maybe even sitting in the garden eating ice cream and getting a tan! If I were a whale I would jump out of the water like a athlete jumping over a bar. I would love to play all day, have loads of fun and most of all be with my family!
Continuing our work on Killer Whales, today the class wrote short stories based on a clip from the movie showing how they captured wild Orca Whales. Here is the clip:
From watching the video it was clear to the children just how intelligent the Whales are. I encouraged the children to really make that come across and almost personify the whales to make the reader or listener realise how distressing and unfair capturing whales was.
When the children had finished writing, they recorded themselves reading their work over pictures of an Orca capture to create a really powerful digital story. The combination of audio and visual really helps promote the message that this story tries to create. They used the app iMovie to create their digital stories. Some were able to then add music to help create the mood of their story. Here are some of their efforts:
I was waiting in my small cage waiting for the dreaded moment to come, people cheering at me frozen fish thrown down my throat. yes that’s wright my show in 30 seconds will be on air. The only time I eat is when I do a trick so I haft to eat the cages where I live!
I should start at the beginning swimming in the sea ( I’m not sure what sea it was but I know it was a sea) swimming with my family when out of the blue came boats rushing towards me!!!
I remember my family shouting me screaming come on by the time I looked at my family I was on the boat that’s how I ended up living at the Florida Orlando sea world.