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Luna, One of God’s Wonderful Creatures

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Luna the Killer Whale mimics an outboard.


Meet Luna, a killer whale

Our video of the week is an amazing display of intelligence as Luna the Killer Whale tries to communicate with humans by imitating an outboard engine.

Despite this unbelievable show, Luna’s story isn’t all as fun as this video.

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson teamed up to produce a movie about Luna, The Whale.

“Luna (September 19, 1999 – March 10, 2006) also known as L98 or Tsuux’iit, was a killer whale (orca) born in Puget Sound. After being separated from his mother while still young, Luna spent five years in Nootka Sound, off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“Although Luna was healthy and his presence in the area delighted tourists and drew a large paparazzi, there were concerns that his behavior was endangering people. After years of debate, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) authorised an effort in June 2004 to capture Luna and return him to his family. However, the plan was ultimately thwarted by the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations, who believed Luna was a reincarnation of a former chief. The orca was killed by a tugboat in 2006.” – From Wikipedia.

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