The whale is first seen from a distance before he reveals how large he is. Dory starts speaking whale to try and ask him if he can help them get to Sydney to find Nemo, but the whale ends up swimming away. But then slowly (and rather ominously) he swims up behind Marlin and Dory (also scaring some krill, who tell the two fish to swim away), and swallows Marlin and Dory whole. While Marlin struggles to get out, Dory tries to speak to the whale again. Marlin reluctantly trusts Dory and allows himself to be ejected from the whale's blowhole at the risk of being eaten. Fortunately, they are carried to Sydney Harbour in the process. The whale moans back to Dory, which she takes as its greeting, and thanks it for helping the duo. The whale is never seen throughout the rest of the film afterwards.
The whale appears in World of Color during the show's version of the sequence of Dory speaking whale and is the lead-in to the Pines of Rome sequence.
The whale was added to the 2016 revamp of the attraction Turtle Talk with Crush. When Destiny and Crush tell the guests how to speak in the emphasis of a whale, the whale appears while Destiny and Crush warn Dory that the whale is approaching. After Dory is stuck between the whale, Crush tells Destiny to know how to ask the whale to leave, in which Destiny and Crush tell the guests to do the same whale call again so the whale can move away and give Dory some space. Upon doing so, the whale moves away, giving Dory more space.
- One of Finding Nemo's crew members, head shader Robin Cooper, took photos inside a dead, beached gray whale in order to portray the inside of the whale accurately. In addition, while whales' mouths and blowholes aren't connected, director Andrew Stanton had to "defy reality" in order to move the plot, as the other ways that Marlin and Dory could escape from the whale weren't appetizing.
- Blue whales have black baleen plates and tend to be larger. And while the whale has a uvula hanging above his soft palate, whales don't have uvulas at all. (However, this was an intentional mistake by the filmmakers, as they felt audiences would see that Marlin and Dory were inside the whale's mouth if it had a uvula as "stage dressing.")
- It is seen prominently on the Japanese poster for Finding Nemo.
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