"THE WHALE tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale - an orca - nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains, a place called Nootka Sound [near Gold River, BC]. Orcas are social. They live with their families all their lives. An orca who gets separated usually just fades away and dies. Luna was alone, but he didn't fade away. There weren't any familiar orcas in Nootka Sound, but there were people, in boats and on the shore. So he started trying to make contact. And people welcomed him. Most of them. This contact did not turn out to be simple ... THE WHALE celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered."-- Mountainside Films website. The film also explores Luna's significance to the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations of Vancouver Island, and looks at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' attempts to prevent interaction between human beings and Luna.
Direct action -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Fishery policy -- British Columbia.
Friendship -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Gold River (B.C.)
Human-animal relationships -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Killer whale -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Killer whale -- Effect of human beings on -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Nootka Sound (B.C.)
Social behavior in animals -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Whales -- Behavior -- British Columbia -- Nootka Sound.
Wildlife rescue -- British Columbia.
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Knowledge Network (B.C.)
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