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    (1999-March 10, 2006)
    Scientific name is L98
    Killer whale who became separated from his pod at age two
    Lived off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Nootka Sound for the rest of his life
    Became famous worldwide for his friendly interactions with humans
    Subject of TV movie 'Luna: The Way Home' (2007) with Jason Priestley and Graham Greene
    His playful antics endangered fishing boats and seaplanes.
    He also endangered himself as he was frequently cut by propellers.
    He was a source of controversy between scientists and native Canadians. Scientists wanted to reunite him with his pod and native Canadians opposed this, believing he was the spirit of a chief who had died recently.
    His association with humans could have harmed his ability to interact with other killer whales.
    He astonished scientists with his ability to mimic sea lions, providing insight into how killer whales communicate.
    He was a great tourist draw for Nootka Sound.
    He was killed instantly when he was sucked into a tugboat's propeller.
    Native Canadians honored his passing with a traditional ceremony.

Credit: Georgina

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