The Whale tells the true story of a wild killer whale, an orca named Luna, who somehow gets separated from his family off the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. He turns up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains, called Nootka Sound. Because orcas live in tight-knit family groups and are clearly social animals, one who gets separated from family usually dies. Without familiar orcas nearby, Luna seeks out the attention of people in boats and on the shore. This contact does not turn out to be simple. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, leading to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences. The Whale celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us, reminding us that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered.
For many years we have been curious about what it will be like when an extraterrestrial appears among us. Will things be chaotic? Will they be exciting? Will they be dangerous? Will there be controversy? How will we recognize this stranger? What will we share? Will this be joyful? Will it be sad? Will it be the best thing that ever happened? Maybe it will be all those things. Maybe it will be just like what happened when a little lonely whale tried to make friends with us in a place called Nootka Sound.
Inspired by myths, we look into the sky, not the depths, for others who might think and dream like us. We train radio telescopes on the stars, and listen for code in the static of space. But maybe we’re looking in the wrong place. So far, space just crackles, but the sea whistles back. And, in Nootka Sound, it sent us an open-hearted child. It was as if we humans weren’t ready for him.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes.