KULO LUNA - the $Billion Dollar Whale  by Jameson Hunter






Kulo Luna - a film in the making for ocean awareness and saving the lives of whales




This story has been sitting on the chocks waiting for a suitable time to further develop and publish. Mild investment is required to complete the ocean awareness project on a not for profit basis where a percentage of any media entertainment is to go to ocean research in the quest for a solution to plastic pollution


At the moment this is an art competition to produce a graphic novel for schools and libraries.


By way of background, Blueplanet Universal set the wheels in motion in 2012 with negotiations for the film rights to a series of books by Jameson Hunter (Ltd). This stalled without a portfolio being established.


The Kulo Luna story was then gifted to the Cleaner Ocean Foundation for development in connection with their ocean awareness campaigns. In 2013, Bluebird Marine Systems negotiated the rights to what is now the Elizabeth Swan, for their 'Bluefish' robotics, autonomy and energy capture research. This is a zero carbon shipping project. The Elizabeth Swann was gifted again to the Cleaner Ocean Foundation who are now working with Jameson Hunter to put more flesh on the bones of this pirate whaling adventure. The design of the 40m solar powered Elizabeth Swan is a major asset to the production of John Storm films and need not require investment until the film making stage.



A sexy looking vessel like this sleek solar powered trimaran is sure to get attention wherever she navigates


STUNNING CONCEPT - This sleek solar and wind powered vessel is thought to be the queen of solar powered design. as of August 2020. It's not just a model, the designs are for a real boat to demonstrate the state of the art.



The real life adventurer Raphael Domjan powered the PlanetSolar to a solar powered circumnavigation world record in 2012, proving that the solar powered concept is solid. The Elizabeth Swan takes the technology to the next level by incorporating wind generation in an advanced low drag hull. Such a vessel could influence ship design of the future to tackle climate change, a major United Nations agenda under Sustainability Development Goal 13.


Through December 2012 to March of 2013 a version of this film project was costed to be shot at various locations. and developed a marketing concept; the basis of a business plan for enacting in 2021, or as soon as practicable thereafter. The next stage of project development is to turn the almost complete manuscript that we now have into a script. This will not take place until 2021 at the earliest with the present Covid19 issue as a blocker. With a first script in place, we hope to attract a director who will empathize with our objectives - and from there we might begin casting actors with a passion for nature - for a movie to be shot in either 35mm anamorphic film or as near as digital equivalent and 3D:




The Adventures of John Storm:  KULO LUNA™ - The $Billion Dollar Whale © JH Ltd MMXIII & Cleaner Ocean Foundation 2014 - 2018



The Billion Dollar  Whale



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New film productions represent an excellent investment opportunity with generally speedy returns, tax breaks, and long term dividends. Film production is good for the economy. New film ideas are necessary to sustain the industry. Please see the budget details using the links below. Sample chapters from the book manuscript we hold are also given below by way of teasers as to how a script might be treated. The proposed budget for making this film is just a guide. We are looking to produce a film in a format that will last the test of time.


The guide figure of $160 million dollars is just that; a guide. A good quality film could be produced for considerably less, but is it worth attempting to make a low budget film that will not do justice to reasons for making it. It is all about ocean awareness in a form that will not only educate, but also entertain the first time it is watched, the second and even third time it is viewed by the same person over time. We all have films that we can watch again and again, as the mood takes us. We want Kulo Luna to be one of those films.


There is good and bad in all of us. Help us to bring out the good in those who watch this movie. Be it your neighbour across the street, or the heads of state of the G20 and United Nations members. Help us where you can by supporting this production in any way that you may.






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$Billion Dollar Whale, adventure novel by Jameson Hunter


Kulo Luna $billion dollar whale

When a pirate whaler kills a small humpback whale, her giant friend sinks the pirate ship to avenge the death, but is itself wounded. The pirate fishermen put a price on the whale's head, but an adventurer in an advanced solar powered boat races to beat the pirates and save the wounded animal. 


A heartwarming action adventure: Pirate whalers V Conservationists, with an environmental message and a $Billion dollars riding on the winner.






John Storm is obsessed with the search for his ancestors; the divine spark that separated humans as a species from his primate cousins. He has amassed a voluminous collection of DNA samples from dozens of archaeological digs, mostly around Tanzania in Africa. He's also fond of wreck diving, especially on the galleons of old looking for treasure. One day he inherits a unique boat from an eccentric English uncle - his uncle's life's work - which will change the course of John's life forever.


The boat is solar powered, artificially intelligent and advanced robotically, sleek and deadly fast. Storm decides to enter it in a world navigation race, which he is winning, when Steve Green, a reporter friend, tells him that a humpback whale is in trouble 2000 miles west of Hawaii ........ and our adventure begins ......





Humpback whale broaching in Hawaii conservation waters


Hawaii's location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is relatively nutrient free (which is why their waters are so clear & blue) and too warm to provide enough of the humpback's food to sustain them year round. They must migrate to colder arctic water to feed and rebuild their blubber supply. Humpback's are famous for broaching and singing.


Humback whales underwater clear blue seas


There are many different groups of whales in three populations spread about the globe, each with their own familiar patterns.  Some are North Atlantic and others cruise the oceans of the southern hemisphere. The northern group is by far the biggest, making up approximately 60% of the world's Humpback whale population. Our whale is a Northerner, making its way from the Aleutian Islands to the Philippines, when they are attached by pirate whalers.

Humpback whale head surfaced showing twin spouts



Humpback whales, twin tail flukes


Whaler's compressed air harpoon gun


A whale of a tale - whales are famous for their tail salutes. They are intelligent, peaceful creatures, shaped by millions of years of evolution to take advantage of seasonal food sources and natural kindergarten.


Man hunts whales with deadly explosive harpoons, though such activity is controlled via international treaty - some countries ignore the rules - ruthlessly slaughtering these peaceful giants for profit.



Whaling boat with harpooned whale roped to boat for butchering


Kulo Luna $Billion Dollar Whale seaplane used by Charlie Temple and Steve Green


Once harpooned, a whaling boat ties up a whale for butchering for meat and rendering blubber for oil. It is a heart rending sight - bound to generate rage in companions.

The model of seaplane that Steve and Charley used to survey the Arctic ice melt for their story on global warming acceleration.










The twin-engine Shorts seaplane banked left, executing a graceful well practiced arc taking the craft parallel to an impressive sheer Arctic ice face some two hundred and fifty feet high. The pilot, Peter Shaw, motioned to his passengers pointing toward a frosted blue ice section the size of a small island, which had detached itself from the main body of compacted icecap, thousands of years old. They flew along the ice shelf two hundred and fifty feet above the sea.  

            “It takes your breath away,” Shaw said to the nearest of his two passengers, a reporter named Steve Green.       


            “Yeah,” replied Steve after a long delay. He was transfixed on the scenery. 


            Then after another long delay, the pilot continued, “Few people are not impressed.” 


            Before them was a panoramic expanse of white wilderness. Cold, clean and magnificent, yet in danger of slowly crumbling into the southern Arctic Ocean, its fragility revealed by man’s unrelenting transgressions against the delicate balance of nature: Global Warming.  

            In his youth, Peter Shaw had spent three months as a volunteer manning a so-called ice-station. Now, thirty years later he ferried grateful scientists and reporters to and from various landmarks. He’d grown to love the crisp Arctic air. Some might say an acquired taste, others, inevitable, with a degree of envy. Until now the flight had lacked communication, but the pilot kicked into travel guide mode when he saw his beloved stomping ground. 


            “The name ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek for bear; ‘Arktos’ after the great white polar bear.”  


Steve nodded genuinely interested. “So the Arctic is the icy land with bears?” asked Steve. 


            “That’s right,” said Peter “the Antarctic in so named because it has no bears. From the Greek ‘Anti’ and ‘Arktos’ making Anti-Arktos, or Antarctic; the land without bears.” 


            “And now nobody knows where the name came from,” said Steve, “they just think of snow blizzards and sub zero temperatures when they hear ‘Arctic’.” 


            Peter and the passenger seated behind, Charley, said “Uh,huh” in unison then looked at each other. Steve turned to his trusty friend and long time camerawoman, ‘Charley’. “You are getting this?” referring to the visuals. Charley was concentrating on capturing the unfolding scenery as the long range seaplane got close enough for the camera to pick up melt detail, thanks to some quality flying. 


           “Sure thing, boss”, whispered Charley, suitably tinged with sarcasm, trying not to move too much as large blocks of ice face obligingly cascaded into the freezing Arctic waters. This fast disappearing ice mass is home to seals and polar bears, who have a starring role in the unfolding tragedy that is man’s folly; for it is man alone who holds the quill that writes history with his unique ability to understand and influence his environment.  

            The forty-ish reporter carried his 5’ 10” medium build well and liked his dark straight hair neatly cut in a modern style and medium length. He liked being middle aged, and was fortunate to be young looking and energetic beyond his years. He’s usually ready to travel anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat to cover the latest international incident. As some of his contemporaries wouldn’t let him forget, he is the Indiana Jones of reporting, an image reinforced by his liking for a well worn dark brown leather jacket, natural cotton chinos and denim shirt, while in the field. This is because they are practical clothes that he doesn’t have to fuss over and they help him blend in.  


         The young Steve Green graduated from Oxford University with a degree in the arts. He took a job with the well known London paper; the Evening Standard. After a year learning his craft, he moved upmarket to The Independent, when the editor spotted an out of place article by virtue of being rather better researched than necessary, about a large raft of ice breaking from the Arctic shelf. The block was bigger than the United Kingdom, hence, was big news at the time and he was head hunted, mainly because a number of scientific periodicals, notably the New Scientist, had reprinted the article verbatim with permission.  

            From that point on Green became listed with news agencies around the world, thereafter supplementing his journalism with video footage, which he shot himself in those early days. He became an expert in his field and thoroughly devoted to interesting scientific breaking stories. He liked being at the cutting edge, in this case the melt ledge.  

            “Well Charley, that’s good enough for me. Mr Shaw, thanks. Would you take us back now?” Another long silence followed. The seaplane swung away from the ice face and up, climbing moderately. The engine noise changed to a deep roar as it strained, then quietened as the plane leveled out. 


            “Did you know it was here the iceberg detached, which sunk the Titanic.” Steve and Charley looked at each other, bewildered.


            “No.” Said Charley.  


            “Yes, they put it down to unusual weather activity at the time – 1912 I think, Baffin Bay, the big ship sailed from Southampton.” The pilot introduced himself, “Peter’s the name.” 


             “It was April,” said Charley, who introduced herself, “I’m Charley. The night of the 14th and 15th, a bitterly cold evening in the North Atlantic.” 


             Peter turned round to look at Steve and Charley, he frowned. “How’d you know that missy?” 


            “Our family had a friend on board – a musician from Eastbourne,” Charley said in a low voice. “Never reached New York. 1,500 people drowned. They only found the wreck in 1985.” 


              Steve looked surprised, Charley had never mentioned this before. “Have we got a life-raft on board.” Steve joked, then wished he hadn’t. “Sorry.” ….. 


             “That’s okay.” They all laughed awkwardly, stopping quickly to check they had lifejackets. 


             Charley continued “It wasn’t just the lifeboats, the lookout had no binoculars and they’d used cast iron rivets instead of steel rivets to join the hull plates, so when the ship struck the iceberg, the heads snapped off allowing the plate seams to part easily. Apparently, the radio operator was too busy sending passenger messages to pass on a message about ice further south than normal and had been rude to the Carpathia’s radio operator, who then turned off their radio. Carpathia was less than two hours away at the time. For these reasons, the Titanic was fated and the passengers, who got off the ship, would have to wait four hours for rescue.”  


            They flew east heading over Greenland to the North Sea and then back to England, a journey of at least 3 hours in a slow turboprop plane, climbing to 4,000 feet. After a while the changing scenery held little interest and all Steve and Charley could think about was getting their story edited in time for inclusion on the first available news slot. Steve was sitting with his laptop clacking away on the keys. Charley was viewing the footage and making notes as to prime clips, when the radio crackled into life. “Control calling Echo, Four, Two, Delta, come in, over.” 


            After his usual long delay, Peter replied, “Hello control, Echo, Four, Two, Delta here. What can we do for you. Over.” 

           “We were wondering if your passengers managed to secure footage of the ice face? Over.” Steve had stopped working and was leaning over in anticipation, so Peter handed him the mike. 


           “Steve here control. Yes, we’ve got the package and just working on the narrative and sorting clips. ETA 80 minutes, over.” 

           “That’s what we wanted to hear Mr Green. Well done to both of you. We’re waiting for you. You have another assignment in Hawaii. You're gonna love this one - a solar boat race. Over and out.” 


            Steve handed back the mike and said to Peter, “Was that about right for time of arrival?” 


           “We’ll have to do our best,” came back the pilot, rather quicker than usual.  

            “What’s the story then?” asked Peter. "Do you know about the ODS?” 


           “The what?” said Steve, who's mind was now churning on the new story. 


           “The Orbiting Density Sensor,” said Charley. “I don’t know what that means, but I’ve heard of it.” 


           A smile cracked on Peter’s rugged features. “The ODS is a satellite which can measure the density of the earth’s surfaces. It’s a bloody useful little box of tricks if you’re a geologist prospecting for oil. But it’s also useful to the boffins trying to measure the rate of melt of the polar ice caps.” 


          “Now that is interesting, the story is the rapid melt….” 


          “Due to the albedo-feedback effect?” 


          “Yes,” said Steve. “In thirty years scientists estimate we’ve lost forty thousand square miles of Arctic ice.”  

            Peter jumped back in “In its frozen state Arctic ice will reflect up to ninety percent of sunlight; incoming solar radiation or insolation, to give it its technical name. But when melted the same area of seawater captures ninety percent of that energy. It’s that warming loop making Arctic temperatures rise at double the global rate.” 


           “We’re losing our natural insulation blanket,” Charley interjected. 


           “Quite right,” said Peter. Just look at the Northwest Passage. Before global warming only icebreakers and the occasional hardy explorer would dare to wrestle their way through the frozen passage, it’s now navigable for several months of the year.” 

            Canadian authorities were quick to claim the passage as Internal waters and demand a fee similar to that imposed at the Panama Canal as another lucrative commercial path for merchant fleets.  

            “Well will you look at that.” Steve and Charley scanned the scenery. Peter was pointing ahead to a small patch of white in the sea. They all strained to see more. Peter took the Shorts down to a thousand feet in a steep approach then leveled out. As they got closer Charley realised it was a group of whales swimming together. She let out a motherly sigh. 


           “It’s some Atlantic humpbacks. Not so many of those as Pacific humpbacks.” 


          “Take us closer please,” said Charley excitedly as she fitted a more powerful zoom lens to her camera. 


           “Typical,” said Steve, “one tail fluke and you go to pieces. Still, they are suffering too as their krill is thinning out from acid oceans.” 


           “Shhhhh,” said Charley, wanting to take in the moment.  

             Peter went lower still and Charley caught a full broach from a playful whale that was being chased by another

           “I got that full frame, she shouted triumphantly. I wish I knew what they were thinking.” 


           Steve and Peter tried to imagine Charley as a whale, which was difficult because she was so elegant. 


          “I’ve a mate who really loves these whales. He uses the SAA to listen to them singing. He claims you can track a family of whales from those old hydrophones. 


          “Really?” said Steve. “I thought they’d scrapped that cold war relic.” The SAA, or Suboceanic Acoustic Array consisted of around fifty deep sea hydrophones formerly used to track submarines in the 60s and 70s. Then submarine designers got smart and developed quiet propellers, and submarine captains learned to steer passages clear of the SAA grid. Steve and Peter explained all this to Charley.  

                  “What do you think about the illegal whaling?” Peter floated the question generally. 


                 “It’s not fair,” said Charley. “Poor things wouldn’t hurt a fly.”  

         “They are rather stunning, symbolic of all that’s good in nature – evolutionary genius.” 


All three sat silently for the remaining trip home, a warm feeling inside from seeing nature’s gentle giants in action, mixed with a feeling of guilt that it is humans who are destroying their habitat. It was not for them to be outspoken where politicians seemed to have missed the fact that continuous growth would eventually strip bare the earth leaving a barren planet as all the natural resources are consumed to feed an ever multiplying population.  As reporters, it was their job to collect solid data and report that information accurately. That was their unspoken mission.



Humpback whale and baby calf      Humpback whale caught in fishing nets










Chapter 1

Winds of Change  (Prologue)

580 W, 750 N

Chapter 2


510 30’N, 00

Chapter 3


420 N, 880 W

Chapter 4

Sydney Australia

330 S, 1510 E

Chapter 5

English Inventor

270 30’S, 1530 E

Chapter 6

Bat Cave

330 20’S, 1520 E

Chapter 7

Arctic Circle

500 N, 1700 W

Chapter 8

Whale Sanctuary

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 9

Moby Dick

420 N, 700 W

Chapter 10


330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 11

United Nations

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 12

Black Market

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 13

Solar Race

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 14

Darwin to Adelaide

130 S, 1310 E – 350 S, 1380 E

Chapter 15

Six Pack

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 16

Whaling Chase

240 N, 1410 E

Chapter 17

All Hands

240 N, 1400 E

Chapter 18


40N0, 1550 (Whale Trust Maui)

Chapter 19

Sky High (deal)

380 S, 1450 E

Chapter 20

Empty Ocean

200  N, 1600 E  (middle of Pacific)

Chapter 21


200 N, 1300 E  (off Philippines)

Chapter 22

Open Season (water)

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 23

LadBet International 

470 N, 70 E

Chapter 24

Billion Dollar Whale

250 N, 1250 E

Chapter 25


200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 26

Rash Move

140 N, 1800 E

Chapter 27

Off Course

150 N, 1550 E

Chapter 28

Shark Attack

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 29

Sick Whale

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 30

Medical SOS

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 31

Whale Nurse

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 32

Learning Curve

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 33

Storm Clouds

150 S, 1550 E

Scene 34

The Coral Sea

150 S, 1570 E

Chapter 35

Tell Tail Signs

230 S, 1550 E

Chapter 36

Plastic Island

20 S, 1600

Chapter 37

High Regard

20 S, 1600 E

Chapter 38

Tickets Please

20 S, 1600 E

Chapter 39

Media Hounds

170 S, 1780E

Chapter 40

Breach of Contract

200 S, 1520 E

Chapter 41

Botany Bay

350 S, 1510 E

Chapter 42

Fraser Island

250 S, 1530 E

Chapter 43


250 S, 1530 E

Chapter 44

Sweet Sorrow (epilogue)

250 S, 1530 E










John Storm

 –  Adventurer  – 

Dan Hawk

 –  Electronics Wizard  – 

George Franks

 –  Solicitor based in Sydney  – 

Suki Hall

 –  Marine Biologist  – 

Steve Green

 –  Freelance Reporter  – 

Charley Temple

 –  Camerawoman  – 

Sarah Jones

 –  Solar Racer, Starlight  – 

Jill Bird

 –  BBC Newsnight Presenter  – 

Tom Hudson

 –  Sky News Editor  – 

Dick Ward

 –  Editor  – 

Frank Paine

 –  Captain Rainbow Warrior 4  – 

Shui Razor

 –  Captain, Suzy Wong, Japanese whaling Boat  – 

Stang Lee

 –  Captain, Jonah, Japanese whaling Boat  – 

Zheng Ling

 –  Japanese Black Market Boss  – 

Peter Shaw

 –  Pilot  – 

Brian Bassett

 –  Editor the Independent   – 


Japanese whale hunt  - Youtube

Whales in trouble - Youtube

Humpback whales up close - Youtube

Whales singing - Youtube




The giant humback whale guides the damaged solar boat through a storm on the coral sea.


Scene 34: Role reversal, Kulo Luna guides the damaged Solarnavigator through stormy seas. Artwork, acrylic on paper.




Extract of Kulo Luna - Copyright © Jameson Hunter 2006 and 2019. The right of Jameson Hunter to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with section 77 and 78 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.  In this work of fiction, the characters, places and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or they are used entirely fictitiously. Set in 10/11pt Palatino by Blueplanet Universal Productions & Electrick Publications, London, England.  ISBN:  0-953-7824-01

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