I’m not sure if this story falls under the subject of transmigration of the soul, religious fanaticism, scientific inquiry or what, but it definitely made me stop and think.
I’ve been following the story of Luna, the killer whale who’s been too friendly with boats and apparently has been making a pest of herself while separated from her pod. So much so that Canadian and U.S. scientists want to relocate her to where her family summers in waters along the U.S.-Canada border.
But theres one small problem now…
Native Protest Disrupts Canada Whale Capture
Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:18 AM ET
The effort to reunite a lonely orca with its family was disrupted on Wednesday by native Indian protesters who believe the animal is the spirit of a dead chief and do not want it to leave.
Members of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht band used canoes to lure the curious killer whale, nicknamed Luna, away from a boat that scientists had hoped the animal would follow into a floating capture pen.
The canoes got Luna to swim more than 4.5 miles away from the capture pen on Nootka Sound on western Vancouver Island, according to reporters monitoring the capture effort.
Luna’s fascination with boats is a reason scientists want to relocate him to the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the U.S.- Canada border off southern Vancouver Island, where they hope he will reunite with his family pod.
Whale experts believe that Luna, whose official name is L98, is searching for human companionship because there are no other killer whales in Nootka Sound. But they fear he will get hurt in a collision with a boat or float plane.
Luna was first sighted in Nootka Sound near the village of Gold River, British Columbia, in 2001, several days after the band’s respected chief, Ambrose Maquinna, died.
Killer whales, or orcas, are the biggest members of the dolphin family and play a major role in Indian culture on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Members of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht say they have a deep spiritual attachment to the animal.
Nootka Sound, which is about 160 miles west of Vancouver, is in the Mowachaht-Muchalaht’s historic territory, and they have objected to the relocation plan since it was first proposed by Canadian and U.S. scientists last year
So my questions deal with whether Luna is in control of her own destiny, and how could she be if she’s been possessed? The Native American chief would probably prefer to remain near his tribe. Luna though, may be being kept from her family by supernatural force. What to do, what to do?
This is a heady subject folks and I don’t intend to demean it by blubbering on, so I’ll stop and ask what you think. Hell, I’d like to know for sure what I think!