The Lost Whale

The Lost Whale

The True Story of An Orca Named Luna

Book - 2013
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The heartbreaking and true story of a lonely orca named Luna who befriended humans in Nootka Sound, off the coast of Vancouver Island by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm.

One summer in Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a young killer whale called Luna got separated from his pod. Like humans, orcas are highly social and depend on their families, but Luna found himself desperately alone. So he tried to make contact with people. He begged for attention at boats and docks. He looked soulfully into people's eyes. He wanted to have his tongue rubbed. When someone whistled at him, he squeaked and whistled back. People fell in lovewith him, but the government decided that being friendly with Luna was bad for him, and tried to keep him away from humans. Policemen arrested people for rubbing Luna's nose. Fines were levied. Undaunted, Luna refused to give up his search for connection and people went out to meet him, like smugglers carrying friendship through the dark. But does friendship work between species? People who loved Luna couldn't agree on how to help him. Conflict came to Nootka Sound. The government built a huge net. The First Nations' members brought out their canoes. Nothing went as planned, and the ensuing events caught everyone by surprise and challenged the very nature of that special and mysterious bond we humans call friendship. The Lost Whale celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780312353643
Branch Call Number: 599 .536 PAR
Characteristics: 330 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Chisholm, Suzanne

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kelleypoole Oct 01, 2013

Michael Parfit and his wife, Suzanne Chisholm have crafted a masterpiece that is both educational and inspiring. The story of Luna is nothing less than soulful, sad, wonderful and maddening all roled into one. The authors weave a journey that leads the reader to explore so much more than the physical presence of this lost whale - they explore the very meaning of empathy, connection, and lonliness and our human interpretations of language and caring. This is all done in a fascinating read that leaves you feeling as if you've met each person in the story yourself. Color photos are included that bring much of the story to life. I only hope to read more by these two. I saw the movie and found it equally compeling.

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kelleypoole Oct 01, 2013

kelleypoole thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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