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Whale of a Business, A
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Each year in America, more than 20 million people visit marine theme parks to experience the beauty and wonder of whales and dolphins in captivity. While this multibillion dollar industry allows for rare contact with these magnificient ocean-dwelling mammals, is it provided at the animals' suffering and expense? FRONTLINE investigates the captive whale and dolphin industry, looking at industry assertions that captive animals have a better quality of life and that marine parks are important for research and education. The film documents the treatment of the animals during capture, transport and captivity, and looks at the impact of their selective removal from the wild.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Whale of a Business, A,” 11/10/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B04256DE1A61486AAF98DA4B7B4D0B5E.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Whale of a Business, A.” 11/10/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B04256DE1A61486AAF98DA4B7B4D0B5E>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Whale of a Business, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B04256DE1A61486AAF98DA4B7B4D0B5E
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