A dog that had been presumed dead for over a month after falling off a fishing boat is alive and well! Navy officials discovered the pooch on an island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California.
The German shepherd, Luna, went missing on February 10 about two miles off of San Clemente Island. Luna’s pet-parent, fisherman Nick Hayworth, immediately reported the 1-year-old as missing.
“He told us Luna was a very powerful swimmer and that he was 90 percent sure she’d head for shore,” Sandy DeMunnik, public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Base Coronado, says. “So our staff searched the island, but with no luck. He stayed in the area for two more days to look for her, and after a week, we considered her lost at sea and presumed dead.”
Then on March 8, the pup suddenly appeared on the island, greeting Navy staff.
“They saw Luna just sitting on the side of the road wagging her tail,” DeMunnik says. “Keep in mind, there are no domesticated animals on the island, so it was a stunning sight.”
Navy staff quickly notified Hayworth once they determined it was the very same missing Luna.
Since her resurrection, Luna has been deemed “perfectly healthy other than being a little undernourished,” DeMunnik says. “It looks like she’d been surviving off of mice for the past few weeks.”
Considering the recent El Nino storms, it’s extremely remarkable that Luna survived for so long on her own at sea.
Luna and Hayworth were reunited on March 16th and they couldn’t be happier.