Gold River, B.C., Canada -- Primary reports received from boaters on the Gold River indicate that the Indians from the Mowachaht First Nation tribe, who wanted to keep the killer whale Luna from being captured by Canadian and U.S. officials coaxed Luna out to sea, and then killed it, smuggling the body back to their reservation. When we asked the Mowachaht First Nation tribe chief, Mike Maquinna, he simply answered, "Hell, yeah."
Officials planned to coax Luna into a net pen, where he would undergo medical tests. If healthy, he would be trucked 200 miles to a bay near Victoria B.C. He would be held there until his pod comes close, and officials hope he would meet his family.
Luna has been separated from his pod since 2001.
The Mowachaht First Nation Indians believe that Maqinna's father's spirit lives in Luna, thus it would be a disgrace for Luna to be captured.