I was a child in Port Orchard when the captive orca was penned in Rich Cove. As a depiction of an orca in captivity the story is fine. There are some pretty significant fictions depicted in the movie however.
One is that the orca was intensively studied while penned there; he was actually being held captive while the captor attempted to sell him.
Also, there was no community enmity towards the creature. The bullies in our town were far too busy beating some of us humans up to bother with the orca.
We kids loved seeing him and rode our bicycles or stopped on family outings to admire him. Port Orchard is not a fishing town, and even then this region admired and loved the orcas as one of our greatest regional icons.
Set aside reality and enjoy the film if you like. But come up to Puget Sound and see them in the wild, where they belong.
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