KULO LUNA

 

  KULO-LUNA IS THE GIANT FEMALE HUMBACK WHALE THAT IS SHOT BY A HARPOON, BY SHUI RAZOR AND THEN GETS CAUGHT IN GHOST FISHING NETS, AND IS RESCUED BY JOHN STORM - A WHALE OF A CONSERVATION TALE SET IN OUR PLASTIC INFESTED OCEANS

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Kulo-Luna is ensnared in discarded fishing nets, and is doomed to drown, then be eaten by hungry sharks, who are just waiting for the inevitable slow death of marine mammals caught by ghost gear. Fortunately, John Storm hears of the unfolding tragedy, because the giant humpback whale had previously sunk a pirate whaling ship, the Suzy Wong.

 

 

Kulo-Luna is ensnared in discarded fishing nets, and is doomed to drown, then be eaten by hungry sharks, who are just waiting for the inevitable slow death of marine mammals caught by ghost gear. Fortunately, John Storm hears of the unfolding tragedy, because the giant humpback whale had previously sunk a pirate whaling ship, the Suzy Wong.

 

 

 

 

 

Kulo Luna is a very large female humpback whale and the star character in this ocean conservation adventure.

 

Being at the top of the food chain, whales are more at risk from ocean pollution than humans. Because humans can choose not to eat seafood, and not to swim in polluted seawater.

 

Humans have been dumping their waste in the oceans for hundreds of years with little thought for the consequences, but only in the last 50 years has plastic become such a hidden menace and danger to almost all marine life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kulo Luna and her small friend Kana, play in the Arctic water off the Aleutian Islands, before their fateful migratory swim.

 

 

 

 

THE DANGERS OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC & CHEMICAL DISCHARGES

 

Plastic bags and sheeting can fill a whale's stomach, twist into their intestines and completely block their digestive system.

 

Toxins attached to plastics, bio-accumulate as smaller animals ingest the particles, and pass a concentrated dose of poison up the food chain.

 

The digestive systems of whales consists of an esophagus, a compartmentalized stomach (similar to that of ruminants like cows) and an intestine. Prey that is ingested by the thousands in baleen whales, are not chewed but rather swallowed whole. They then pass into the esophagus, where they are pushed toward the expandable stomach.

 

The esophagus of the blue whale, even if it takes in 2-3 tonnes of krill a day, measures just 15 to 25 cm long when fully extended. The food then reaches the first stomach compartment, the rumen. Pre-digested food is stored there. This compartment breaks down the food by muscular movements called peristalsis.

 

The ground mix is then directed toward the main stomach (or cardiac stomach), where glands produce acid and enzymes used to digest the food (hydrochloric acid, pepsin). The journey continues through a narrow channel before finally reaching the last stomach compartment, the pylorus. It is the combined actions of these different compartments that allow whales to digest the chitin in the exoskeletons of krill and prey swallowed whole.

The digested food continues its journey into the small intestine where nutrient absorption begins. The size of the intestine varies according to the species: it can be 5 to 6 times the length of the animal, which is equivalent to 150 m in the blue whale.

 

As cetaceans have no gall bladder, it is the liver that provides the bile needed for digestion. Cetaceans have the largest livers of all mammals.

    

 

 

 

 

 

The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hawk. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the whale.

 

 

 

 

CHARACTER

DESCRIPTION   

 

 

ABC Live News

Dominic Thurston, editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Abdullah Amir

Skipper of Khufu Kraft, solar boat

Ark, The

DNA database onboard the Elizabeth Swann

Ben Jackman

Skipper of Seashine, solar boat

Billy Perrin

Cetacean expert

Brian Bassett

Newspaper Editor

Captain Nemo

Autonomous navigation system, Elizabeth Swann

Charley Temple

Camerawoman & investigative reporter

Dan Hawk

Electronics Wizard, World champion gamer, Computer hacker & analyst

Dick Ward

BBC news editor, PA

Elizabeth Swann

World's fastest solar and Hydrogen powered ship

Frank Paine

Captain Ocean Shepherd

George Franks

Solicitor based in Sydney & London (Franks Swindles & Gentry)

Hal

AI onboard the Elizabeth Swann

Harold Harker & Todd Timms

Sandy Straits Marina, Hervey Bay, Urangan, Queensland, East Australia

Jean Bardot

French Skipper of Sunriser, solar boat

Jill Bird

BBC world service presenter who is outspoken at times and tells it like it is

John Storm

Adventurer, ocean conservationist, amateur anthropologist

Jonah

2nd Japanese whaler, spectacularly sunk by Kulo-Luna

Kana

A young female humpback whale, killed by whalers

Kuna

Daughter of Kulo-Luna, baby calf humpback whale

Kulo Luna

A giant female humpback whale that sinks two whaling ships

LadBet International

A global gambling network that prides itself on accepting the most unusual wagers

Lars Johanssen

Skipper of Photon Planet, a solar powered boat

Peter Shaw

Pilot, arctic based

Professor Douglas Storm

Designer of Elizabeth Swann & uncle to John Storm

Sand Island Yacht Club

The official start and end of the Solar Cola Cup: World Navigation Challenge, Honolulu

Sarah-Louise Jones

Solar Racer, Starlight

Shui Razor

Captain, Suzy Wong, Japanese whaling Boat

Solar Cola Cup

World Navigation Challenge, for PV electric powerboats & yachts

Solar Cola, Spice & Tonic

Thirst quenching energy drinks with vitamins that aid healing and recovery

Suki Hall

Marine Biologist

Stang Lee

Captain, Jonah, Japanese whaling Boat

Steve Green

Freelance Reporter, Mr Exclusive

Suzy Wong

A Japanese whaling boat, spectacularly sunk by a whale

Tom Hudson

Sky News Editor

Zheng Ling

Japanese Black Market Boss

 

 

 

 

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