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August 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Luna the whale comes to the big screen

Posted by Lynda V. Mapes

Remember Luna, the orca whale who lost contact with his family in Puget Sound in 2001 and turned up near Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound, hanging around boats and docks?

Luna, the lonely whale. Cameron Forbes, photo

We covered his life -- and tragic death by boat propeller -- extensively in The Seattle Times.

His life is the subject of a film that will be screened September 9 -15 at the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center and in Tacoma at The Grand Cinema. Suzanne Chisholm is the film's producer and co-director. It is distributed by Paladin.

For more information on the film, see the film's website.

Smithsonian magazine also has a story on the film in its August issue.

Luna approaches for a pet. His desire for human attention raised provocative questions about boundaries of all sorts: political, journalistic and between people and wildlife.
Cameron Forbes photo

That whole story was a tragedy of human incompetence, mismanagement and sheer stupidity. I think most people understand that orcas, being members...  Posted on August 30, 2011 at 6:02 AM by ImagineThat. Jump to comment
I don't know if I could watch it, knowing how tragically it ends.  Posted on August 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM by Keep Walking. Jump to comment

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