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Parents Guide for
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There is a scene that shows from a distance an orca being masturbated by two trainers to collect his sperm. The orcas genitals were shown close up.

Photos of wounds inflicted on Tilikum by other captive whales are shown. At one point, video depicts Tilikum bleeding in the water. As well as wounded female who then dies due to wounds caused by other whales.

Orcas are shown screaming while being restrained for an endoscopy. As well as screaming when young are taken off of them. Also dead orca's are seen from early in the film as they die during capture.

One person is attacked when an orca grabs her foot and wounds are seen in a video by a by-stander, also another trainer is grabbed and dragged under water and he then fights to get out and away from the whale we see his injuries after this, While no deaths are show or videos of the attacks that causes the death of trainers they are graphically described via autopsy and witness reports. For example, the film describes one of Tilikum's victims as having had his genitals eaten by the orca.

One of the interviewers swears once using the S-word and other milder profanities multiple times

The descriptions of orca attacks are disturbing, as is footage of orcas being captured.

Three times in the movie it does refer to trainers being killed by the orca and two videos are shown with the orcas pulling trainers under the water

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images

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