Follow-up to suspected boat collision with orca

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2011

Lynda V. Mapes has this story in her nature blog at the Seattle Times:

Remember Luna, visit this 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.

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Christopher Dunagan has this story in his blog at the Kitsap Sun:

Given the excitement of the moment, treatment
including comments over the radio, stomatology
some people still believe that L-90, sick
a 19-year-old female orca named Ballena, was struck by a boat off the west side of San Juan Island on Friday.

An experienced driver for the Prince of Whales whale-watching company was mentioned as a likely witness.

I talked to a spokeswoman for the company who told me that nobody she knows has any pictures. The only interviews granted by staff were with enforcement officers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Sgt. Russ Mullins, one of the WDFW officers who patrols that area, said he has investigated the incident. As best as he can tell, no collision occurred.

“Nobody witnessed an actual strike,” he told me. “It was a close call perhaps, but we do not have vessel-related injuries on this animal.”

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