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Captain Nolan, also known simply as Nolan, is the main antagonist of the 1977 film Orca. He is an Irish Canadian who catches marine animals to pay off the mortgage of his boat, and returns to Ireland.

He was portrayed by the late Richard Harris.

Biography

Nolan's crew is looking for a great white shark for a local aquarium, but a scientist named Ken, is targeted by the shark. An orca comes and kills the shark, saving Ken. This switches Nolan's target to the orca. While Nolan is on the journey with his crew, he tries to capture what he believes to be a bull orca, but mistakenly harpoons a pregnant female. Nolan and his crew get the orca on board, where she subsequently miscarries. The captain hoses the dead fetus overboard as the male orca looks on screaming.

Nolan manages to harpoon the whale just before he and Bedford escape from the boat, while Umilak is crushed beneath an avalanche of ice just after sending out an SOS.

Nolan and Bedford hide in an iceberg, although Nolan slips onto another. The orca separates the icebergs, trapping Nolan. The whale jumps onto the ice, causing it to tilt and sending Nolan into the water. The whale lifts Nolan up with his tail and throws him onto another iceberg, killing him. Bedford looks on as Nolan slips into the water in a cross shape. With his revenge complete, the whale swims southward under the ice, while a helicopter is seen rescuing Bedford.

Personality

Capitan Nolan is an extremely greedy man who thinks he has the right to capture an orca and transport it to Marine Park for profit.

He showed no respect for orcas as living animals and mocked the Professor, who tried to explain to him that these cetaceans should live in peace and not in captivity.

He displayed ruthlessness and a lack of compassion for the animal while pulling the female on board. When the female miscarried, the man was shocked. He dropped the fetus into the water.

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