I know that Wikipedia is widely criticized for not having the best info but much of this article we could verify by being there.
Island was our shake down cruise
in 2004 before we left Anacortes to go offshore
our first time to Mexico
and beyond. It has some pretty remote
and relatively unused bays but Nootka Sound is not one of those.
We met up at the dock
for boats to pull up to this little store to get fuel
and a few provisions for a little variety. There was a smaller sloop
at the dock
when we arrived. We had a couple of chats with them. They were clearly traumatized by an encounter with a famous loner orca named Luna by the white eyes but he did have a native american name which I don't remember. There were many articles about Luna, some kind, some informative, and some not so kind.
The local tribe believed orcas to be sacred animals
to be protected. Luna got separated from its mother and their pod and lived in Nootka Sound for several years. He had a reputation for damaging boats mostly by pushing their rudders around.
The couple in the boat ahead of us had met up with Luna across the sound at a little dock. While at the dock Luna pushed their (I'll say 35' but don't remember) boat up on to the side of the dock which must have been just at the water line, more like a float really. It damaged their rudder
and put a big gouge in their hull
. They were besides themselves and afraid to go back out in the Sound even though they were now on the north side and well away from where Luna reportedly hung out.
We were advised on the radio
to avoid the southern end of the Sound to avoid meeting up with Luna. It was thought by many that she was definitely acting much different than other orcas. There was a big (BIG) to do between the tribe and the government
and other locals as to what to do with Luna.
In any case there were well documented encounters of the worse kind with Luna. Our local waters are full of orcas during the times they are hunting with a few different pods. I have not heard of any bad encounters with those pods and boats.