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n. pl. blackfish or black·fish·es
1. Any of various dark-colored fishes, such as:
a. A small edible freshwater fish (Dallia pectoralis) that inhabits streams and ponds of Alaska and Siberia and is noted for its ability to withstand freezing.
b. See tautog.
2. Any of several dark-colored toothed whales, especially the pilot whale.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) a minnow-like Alaskan freshwater fish, Dallia pectoralis, related to the pikes and thought to be able to survive prolonged freezing
2. (Animals) a female salmon that has recently spawned. Compare redfish1
3. (Animals) any of various other dark fishes, esp the luderick, a common edible Australian estuary fish
4. (Animals) another name for pilot whale



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any of various dark-colored fishes, as the tautog, Tautoga onitis, or the sea bass, Centropristis striata.
2. a small, freshwater food fish, Dallia pectoralis, found in Alaska and Siberia, noted for its ability to survive frozen in ice.
[1680–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackfish - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North Americablackfish - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
2.blackfish - female salmon that has recently spawnedblackfish - female salmon that has recently spawned
salmon - any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
3.blackfish - small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United Statesblackfish - small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States; the largest male acts as pilot or leader for the school
dolphin - any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
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On occasion, when a school of blackfish disported by, each one of them a whale of respectable size, Nishikanta would be beside himself in the ecstasy of inflicting pain.
Thirty years ago SeaWorld bought Tilikum [the killer whale featured in Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that questioned keeping orcas in captivity after Tilikum killed three people] as a breeding whale so we would never have to collect killer whales again.
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Two years after the documentary Blackfish aired on CNN, SeaWorld handed the mic over to Twitter so users could answer any questions about their animal care practices.
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For the longest time, Saad Haroon maintained a routine that he so aptly named 'the Batman lifestyle'; he was working at his father's factory as a businessman during the day while, at night, he was doing shows for his self-created improvisational comedy troupe, Blackfish.
Yet the company took three years to announce the cessation of the breeding programme for orcas, after the damning 2013 documentary Blackfish revealed how these magnificent animals suffer in captivity.
Brienne explained her purpose and proposed negotiating with Brynden the Blackfish Tully to vacate the Riverrun and in exchange will be granted safe passage to the North to unite with the Starks.
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Our backstage pass was perhaps organised to offset the controversy brought about by the documentary Blackfish, which condemns the captivity of killer whales.
The move comes following two years of dwindling visitor numbers sparked largely by the critically-acclaimed documentary Blackfish, in which the makers focused on the story of Tilikum and trainer Dawn Brancheau, who died after the whale pulled her into a pool in 2010 at the Orlando park.