Orcas, commonly known as killer whales, are a significant source of entertainment at Loro Parque theme park on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife. But these incredible creatures are cooped up in small pools, and animal rights campaigners argue that it is nothing short of cruelty.
Mercedes Hernandez, an expert on orcas, has lost her son, an orca trainer, during one of these shows. Her comprehensive understanding of orcas led her to believe that the attack occurred due to captivity, not innate aggressiveness of the animal. In the face of opposition by Loro Parque’s operators, Mercedes takes up the battle against the park’s practices to end the captivity of these whales. A story of deep loss, redemption, and fighting for what is right, Third Person, tackles the issues surrounding the captivity of orcas and the powerful forces at play that keep it going.