Saturday, June 12, 2004. 10:34am (AEST)
Scientists to relocate 'lonely' killer whale
A lonely killer whale whose search for companionship has become a danger to boats, float planes and himself off Canada's Pacific coast will be captured next week so he can be reunited with his family pod.
Scientists say the one-tonne whale, nicknamed Luna, will not be able to link up with the pod on his own, so he will have to be trucked to the southern tip of Vancouver Island where the other Orcas normally spend the summer.
Luna has been swimming alone in a bay on western Vancouver Island since 2001.
But as human activity in the area has picked with the approach of summer, he is having run-ins with boats and float planes in an apparent search for companionship.
Luna nearly collided with a landing float plane two days ago, an accident that could have killed both the whale and the people on the plane.
"For Luna's sake, we have to move now," said John Nightingale, director of the Vancouver Aquarium.