The story that I would like to share is a true story. I have no explanation for the events that transpired. I just know that what happened was very real to both Joan and I. We were reminded of this experience a couple of nights ago when we attended the monthly meeting of the local Naturalists' Society. Eric and Dorothy gave an excellent presentation of images and commentary on the humpback whale, a species they have observed and studied for a number of years in the waters of both Hawaii and Alaska. The lecture focused on a marvelous opportunity they had as part of a team of observers aboard a research vessel in Alaskan waters last summer.
As all will know, the image above is not of a humpback whale. It is an orca, a killer whale...and, in these parts, this particular whale was a very famous one at that. I took these two photographs of Luna on September 3rd, 2005. We were returning from Yuquot (Friendly Cove), on Nootka Island, and heading back to Gold River aboard the MV Uchuck. (Incidentally, the first European to visit what is present day British Columbia was a sailor of some note. He was Captain James Cook of the Royal Navy and he is known to have sailed into Nootka Sound in March of 1778.) As many Canadians and folks around the world will remember, Luna the whale, seemed to find great comfort in the company of humans. On this day, Luna, also known as L98, swam and played along side us for over fifteen minutes in the waters of Nootka Sound.