Saturday, March 11, 2006

So so Sad!

Yesterday, I received a terrible e-mail from my local Orca Sighting network. I have written before on here about Luna, a little orca who became separated from his family, the L Pod. The L Pod is a Puget Sound orca family and Luna has been stuck up in Canada. One attempt was made a while ago to capture and reunite him with his pod but the capture was interfered with by native tribes. They said Luna was sacred because he was a reincarnation of their dead chief and they lured him by canoe away from the rescue boats.

Luna was lonely and in his efforts to gain attention, he greeted people and boats with great affection. I imagine he was a little like my Golden Retriever, Apolo, who sidles up to everyone to be hugged, loved, and petted. Unfortunately and foreseeably, Luna approached a tug boat and started leaping and communicating. The lonely little orca was sucked into the propeller and lost his life. The tug boat captain is said to be completely devastated. We all are; I cried when I read the e-mail. Call me crazy but as stewards of God's creatures, we have a responsibility to do what we are able to protect these beautiful brilliant endangered species.

Good bye little Luna. They said it happened quickly. At least for that.

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(after Nalungiaq)(from Mind in the Waters by Joan McIntyre, from Shaking the Pumpkin by Jerome Rothenberg)

In the very earliest time,when both people and animals lived on earth,
a person could become an animal if he wanted to
and an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
and sometimes animals
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.
That was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had mysterious powers.
A word spoken by chance
might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
and what people wanted to happen could happen
-all you had to do was say it.
Nobody can explain this:
That's the way it was.