Whaleóan Orcaó - Luna The Whale

Whaleóan Orcaó - Luna The Whale

Whaleóan Orcaó, also known as Luna the Orca Whale, had become a subject of controversy in both public and scientific arenas over what should be done with him - catch him, befriend him, friend him.  In 2001, Luna turned up in the Nootka Sound, British Columbia without his pod.  

The remarkable documentary showcases the polar ideas of what one considers "best" for a wild animal and the ongoing dispute between governments and Native Americans.  The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans came up with a plan to capture Luna and transport him back to his family.  Whereas, the First Nations, Mowachaht/ Muchalaht, believed it was best for Luna to stay in the bay as he may not be accepted by his pod and would only be recaptured for aquarium life. 

The film is a must watch as it ponders up questions about animals consciousness, their emotions, and why humans feel the need to impose a human understanding of an animals state of happiness. 

Natives or not, in the past centuries we have all built distance between ourselves and the rest of life. Now the great wild world never glances our way. But when an animal like Luna breaks through and looks us in the eye, we cannot breathe.

And so we become desperate to keep these wild beings alive.
— Unknown
Looking Out - Lake Sammamish

Looking Out - Lake Sammamish

Your Backyard. Their Backyard

Your Backyard. Their Backyard