Whale Killed By Tugboat Believed To Be Luna
GOLD RIVER, British Columbia - Canadian officials believe a killer whale struck and killed by a tugboat off Vancouver Island is Luna.
Luna, known to scientists as L-98, wandered away from the L pod in Washington state waters five years ago and stayed in Nootka Sound.
Apparently lonely, it would bump into boats and play in wakes.
The Canadian Fisheries Department says Luna was swimming under the 104-foot tugboat on Friday when it was hit by a propeller.
An attempt to move Luna back from Canada to U-S waters in 2004 was thwarted when Indian canoes lured it away.
In 2002, marine mammal experts had successfully had moved another lone orca, named A-73 or Springer, from Puget Sound back to her home pod in British Columbia.