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#1 Old 03-10-2006, 05:08 PM
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GOLD RIVER, British Columbia - It appears Luna the orphaned killer whale has died after being struck by a tugboat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, officials said Friday.

The federal fisheries department said the boat was idling to escape rough weather in Nootka Sound when it collided with the whale. A department official said it was an accident and the boat's skipper is distressed over the incident.

Luna arrived in the sound in 2001 after becoming separated from his pod.

Although the whale was friendly, he became a nuisance to marine traffic in the area and an attempt was made in 2004 to reunite him with his pod in the Juan de Fuca Strait off Vancouver. But the effort was abandoned after he was lured away from a net pen by First Nations canoes.

The Mowachaht-Muchalaht believe Luna embodies the spirit of their dead chief, Chief Ambrose Maquinna, who had said he would return as a killer whale.

Three days after Maquinna's death in 2001, the whale showed up in the sound.

Frustrated boaters around Nootka Sound had threatened to dynamite, harpoon or shoot Luna.

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#2 Old 03-10-2006, 05:11 PM
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Frustrated boaters around Nootka Sound had threatened to dynamite, harpoon or shoot Luna.

And they are positive it was an accident?

How sad.
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