FRONTLINE  investigates   marine theme parks like Sea World, and the controversy over whether captive marine mammals like Keiko, star of the movie Free Willy, should be set free.

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viewer discussion .  the debate .  inside seaworld .  interviews .  keiko .  slaughter .  other captive orcas .  ted griffin .  navy dolphins .  man & marine mammals .  laws .  press reaction .  tapes & transcripts

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A Whale of a Business

America's marine theme parks are big business, attracting twenty million visitors each year. FRONTLINE examines the money, power, and politics of the captive marine mammal industry through the story of Keiko, the killer whale star of Hollywood's, FREE WILLY. The film traces Keiko's fourteen years in captivity, examines the capture, transport, and treatment of marine mammals, and explores human understanding of, and relationship with, these large creatures.

published nov. 1997