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(1977)

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Rachel: The killer whale. He is a mammal with warm blood, found in every sea.

Rachel: I'd insisted on leaving South Harbor with them. I told myself that somehow I was responsible for Nolan's state of mind. That I had filled his head with romantic notions about a whale capable not only of profound grief, which I believed, but also of calculated and vindictive actions, which I found hard to be believe, despite all that had happened.

Rachel: He followed you. He saw you on the deck of the boat.

Rachel: He deliberately left you your boat because he wants to fight you alone on the sea.

Rachel: Did I tell you that that animal has a right to be left alone?

Captain Nolan: No, but I have a notion you're about to.

[Captain Nolan has just seen the orca kill a member of his crew after the orca knocked the house into the ocean. He then looks out to the water & sees the killer whale leaping out of the water, breaching]

Captain Nolan: You revengeful sonofabitch! You win!

[the orca keeps breaching, as if taunting Captain Nolan]

Captain Nolan: You want revenge? Well, you'll have it! I'll come out and fight you! You revengeful sonofabitch!

[Nolan's boat, the 'Bumpo', steams out of the little harbor the next morning with the fishermen watching as he goes to fight the orca]

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Rachel: [while listening to Orca's sounds through a hydrophone] What is he saying?

Captain Nolan: You're me, he says... I'm you, he says... you're my... drunk driver... he says...

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Umilak: It is known that they have great memory and even after many years they will always remember the human being who has tried to harm them.

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Captain Nolan: Can you commit a sin against an animal?

Priest: Why, you can commit a sin against a blade of grass. Sins are really against oneself.

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Captain Nolan: He loved his family... more than I loved mine.

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Captain Nolan: [as the harpooned orca screams in pain] He sounds almost human...

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Rachel: You're planning to capture and sell a fellow creature! He's like you - he has worm blood, he breathes air, he's a mammal, but with intelligence!

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Rachel: There's a word for you.

Captain Nolan: And I've been called it. Many times.

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Captain Nolan: If you're so sure I can't catch a killer whale, why are you so upset?

Rachel: Listen, you won't catch one, but you might butcher a couple dozen in the attempt!

Captain Nolan: Oh, that's not my style at all.

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Rachel: [after Orca's mate washes ashore, dead with Nolan's harpoon in her, mockingly to Nolan] You won't kill one. Its not your *style*.

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Captain Nolan: I won't fight him at all.

Rachel: But you'll murder him - you'll sit here safe on the jetty, and shoot him through the eye? You're not a man, you're an animal! Its creatures like you science should be observing!

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Captain Nolan: I brought this gun to shoot him. Yes, yes I did. But I knew when it came time to do it, I couldn't do it. So I got to thinking and I thought, Well if what-if what you say is right. That whales can communicate. Then I thought I'd look at him. Right in the eye. And I'd tell him the killing of his wife and his child was a terrible accident. That I didn't mean it. I didn't mean it. I'd tell him that I was sorry. I hope he'd forgive me.

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