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Of Stars

Gold River, British Columbia (Part 2)

This episode concludes the story of Luna the Whale and his time in Gold River. The town comes together to save Luna, and the town struggles in the wake of his absence and the lessons learned.

Written by: Josh Hallmark

Researched by: Josh Hallmark

Produced by: Josh Hallmark

Edited by: Josh Hallmark


People Featured:

JAMIE JAMES: Jamie is a member of the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nation tribe. He became Luna's caretaker and closest friend in Gold River.

DONNA SCHNEIDER: Donna was a chef on the Uchuck, a regional cruise ship based in Gold River. Donna was one of the first people to encounter Luna and, against all odds, developed a friendship with the orphaned whale.

EUGENE AMOS: Eugene is also a member of the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nation tribe. He moved to Gold River after the passing of his grandmother and almost immediately encountered another tragedy. But through a strange prophecy and the arrival of Luna, his views of the world and his relationships changed.

MIKE PARFITT & SUZANNE CHISHOLM: Michael and Suzanne were sent to Gold River, by Smithsonian, to cover the story of Luna. They stayed on through multiple attempts at rescuing and relocating him, and later turned Luna's story into a documentary, The Whale.


Music by:

• Dave Depper

• Cloudjumper

• Lee Rosevere

• Dexter Britain

• Phillipp Weigl

• El Perro del Mar

Music courtesy of Free Music Archive


Topics: Gold River, British Columbia, Canada, Orca, Killer Whale, Luna, Conservation, Nootka Sound, First Nations


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