11/17 - Transients!Wow - what a week! The LunaLive project delivered a huge milestone this week as researchers in Scotland detected the simultaneous vocalizations of Luna and a pod of transient orca. This is a VERY rare event, and one which has only been heard 3 other times in over 30 years of orca research, according to Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab.
In addition, Luna (who has been using his 'Short call' almost exclusively over the past 9 months) - repeatedly greated the transients with L-Pod's common 'Rising Call' (S19).
This is super significant because it demonstrates that Luna is still very comfortable making his family's normal announcement calls, and has direct implications for long term stewardship and reunitfication.
Specifically, when members of Luna's Southern Resident community next swim by Nootka Sound, if Luna should hear them, then this week's display gives us continued expectations that he would answer them in the call which identifies themselves to each other as being from the same community.
This was such a watershed event, that the press immediately picked up on it. Canada's #1 national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, ran 36 column-inches on page A2 (including the photo of Luna. That's prime press real-estate!
Also, 2 national radio shows covered the story, including CBC's National World Radio and BC Almanac with Mark Forsythe.
Here are links to all of this press: