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If you look closely, you can see my reflection in Luna.

I leaned over the edge to see Luna better and started singing to him. He was a giant. But I wanted to jump in and swim with the whale.

My mom tried to pull me back as the whale started getting closer to me. But I was stubborn, knowing he was my friend. I wanted to pet the creature. He came up just inches from my face and sung back to me.

But I guess I should start from the beginning.

I was roaming hopelessly through the desert and...just kidding. I was about 4. I was in Esperanza at the time, my favorite place ever. My family and I decided to go on a boat cruise to see Luna close to Friendly Cove. We took a herring punt, so we were super close to the water.

When we first got there we couldn't find him, but after a little while we saw a tornado looking thing heading straight our way. I don't remember it much, but mom thought he was going to knock the boat over, leaving us astray right beside a killer whale.

Just as he got to us he slowed down and started swimming from side to side right beside the boat. We weren't allowed to touch Luna, because the fisheries officers didn't want him to get too socialized. But my friend Dolly slowly bent over and gave him a slight peck on the cheek.

When it was time to head back to Esperanza we said our goodbyes to Luna, but when we tried to head out he went right under our boat because he wanted us to stay. After a little while of trying to get him to move, very unsuccessfully, a little red zodiac came into sight. It was the fisheries officers.

They led Luna away from us so that we could leave. My mom was so heart broken as they tricked Luna into letting us go. When we got out of the bay the little zodiac left Luna as well. He was all alone.

Mom told this story to the Friendly Cove lighthouse keeper. She talked about how she didn't feel Luna was safe, because he was a killer whale. But he looked mom into the eyes and said, "Whales may not be safe, but neither is man."

Message to Canadians: Get outside, enjoy nature!

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By Claire Bradford

Tofino, BC

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Nov 15, 2012
1:02 PM

I just saw the documentary about Luna at the Mission Beach Film Festival in Queensland Australia. What a great story a bit sad at the end

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