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11th Sep '17 2:18:56 PM Sharlee
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** Thalassa, one of Neptune's moons, was named after a goddess who was the mother of all sea life (whales included). Not quite a space whale, but possibly its ''mom''.

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** Thalassa, one of Neptune's moons, was named after a goddess who was the mother of all sea life (whales included). Not quite a space whale, but possibly its ''mom''.''Mom''.
11th Sep '17 2:18:34 PM Sharlee
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** Thalassa, one of Neptune's moons, was named after a goddess who was the mother of all sea life (whales included). Not quite a space whale, but possibly its ''mom''.
29th Aug '17 4:50:48 PM Malady
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* In {{Alastair Reynolds}}' ''Poseidon's Children'' series, Arethusa is a whale who [[spoiler:used to be a human woman]] and who goes on to [[spoiler:live in space in a hollowed-out moon orbiting Saturn]] in the second book.
* [[Creator/CatherynneMValente Catherynne M. Valente]]'s ''Radiance'' has callowhales: massive and mysterious, of indeterminate plant or animal origin, in indefinite hibernation, and native to the oceans of Venus, their milk is harvested at great risk to sustain the dietary requirements of interstellar habitation. Callowhales are eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:transdimensional entities than "pin" together [[AlternateUniverse parallel universes]].]]

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* In {{Alastair Reynolds}}' Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Poseidon's Children'' series, Arethusa is a whale who [[spoiler:used to be a human woman]] and who goes on to [[spoiler:live in space in a hollowed-out moon orbiting Saturn]] in the second book.
* [[Creator/CatherynneMValente Catherynne M. Valente]]'s ''Radiance'' has callowhales: massive and mysterious, of indeterminate plant or animal origin, in indefinite hibernation, and native to the oceans of Venus, their milk is harvested at great risk to sustain the dietary requirements of interstellar habitation. Callowhales are eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:transdimensional entities than that "pin" together [[AlternateUniverse parallel universes]].]]
28th Jul '17 12:58:56 AM uhema
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* In 1965, ''Pinocchio in Outer Space'' (often cited among the worst movies of all time) had the equivalent of Monstro the Whale menacing space. Pinocchio's spacecraft equipment is bent and the wobbling path of his small spacecraft reflects light in a way that accidentally hypnotizes the space whale.

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* In 1965, ''Pinocchio in Outer Space'' (often cited among ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioInOuterSpace'' had Astro, the worst movies of all time) had the interplanetary equivalent of Monstro the Whale Whale, menacing space. Pinocchio's spacecraft equipment is bent and the wobbling path of his small spacecraft reflects light in a way that accidentally hypnotizes the space whale.
28th Jul '17 12:46:39 AM uhema
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* In 1965, ''Pinocchio in Outer Space'' (often cited among the worst movies of all time) had the equivalent of Monstro the Whale menacing space. Pinocchio's spacecraft equipment is bent and the wobbling path of his small spacecraft reflects light in a way that accidentally hypnotizes the space whale.
23rd Jul '17 11:35:15 AM DaibhidC
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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio "The Song of Megaptera", based on the unmade episode "The Song of the Space Whale" not only has a space whale, but space whalers. Pushing the metaphor further, star whales can "dive" into the vortex, and the whaling ship has "temporal depth charges" to force it back to the surface of space-time.
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22nd Jul '17 3:11:51 AM Nippertipper
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SpaceIsAnOcean. This is a well-known phenomenon. For some reason, though, the ocean is pretty much devoid of fish.

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SpaceIsAnOcean. This is a well-known phenomenon. For some reason, though, the ocean of space is pretty much devoid of fish.
21st Jul '17 4:08:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' features a scene where they watch giant space-whales float by the ship.

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* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' features a scene where they the main characters watch giant space-whales float by the their ship.



* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' has space ''stingrays''. This doesn't matter because they still sound like whales, though Korso's description of their behavior and the legends about them make them sound more like space dolphins.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' has space ''stingrays''. This doesn't matter because they They still sound like whales, though Korso's description of their behavior and the legends about them make them sound more like space dolphins.



* The illustrated ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' story ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' includes a sketch drawn by Leonard of Quirm of a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent space-dragon]] that resembles a whale. It's not made clear if it actually exists or not (Leonard's notes indicate that the Giant Dung Beetle ''does'' exist, and the Imaginary Hull-Borer almost certainly ''doesn't'', but don't comment on the space dragon either way).
** Discworld itself is carried through space on the back of [[TurtlePower another enormous aquatic animal]].

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/TheLastHero'':
The illustrated ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' story ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' includes illustrations include a sketch drawn by Leonard of Quirm of a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent space-dragon]] that resembles a whale. It's not made clear if it actually exists or not (Leonard's notes indicate that the Giant Dung Beetle ''does'' exist, and the Imaginary Hull-Borer almost certainly ''doesn't'', but don't comment on the space dragon either way).
** The Discworld itself is carried through space on the back of [[TurtlePower another enormous aquatic animal]].



* It didn't take long for Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse to invent some: the first example of a space whale species was introduced in 1984 by one of the earliest Star Wars novels. Other examples followed, eventually making their ways into cartoons (see below).

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* It didn't take long for Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse to invent some: the first example of a space whale species was introduced in 1984 by one of the earliest Star Wars ''Star Wars'' novels. Other examples followed, eventually making their ways into cartoons (see below).



* Philip Reeve's ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' novels subvert this trope: space is almost devoid of whales, and filled with fish. The protagonists' father is actually a biologist whose specialty is these fish. The few 'wind-whales' that do appear are clearly described to be more like jellyfish.

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* Philip Reeve's ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' novels subvert this trope: space is almost devoid of whales, and filled with fish. The protagonists' father is actually a biologist whose specialty is these fish. The few 'wind-whales' Jupiter-native "wind-whales" that do appear are clearly described show in the illustrations to be more like jellyfish.



* Hinted at in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, where it claims that House Harkonnen got into the Emperor's favor by 'manipulating space whale fur prices'. %% Yes whale fur is a term in the first Dune even, mentioned when Leto is talking to Paul about going to Arrakis. The space part came later albeit.
** The [[Literature/PreludeToDune prequel novels]] HandWave this by simply claiming they're regular whales (with fur) from the planet Lankiveil.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''The Integral Trees'' has the Moby, a whalish giant creature that lives within the breatheable Smoke Ring gas torus orbiting a dead neutron star. Notable in that, by the very nature of the Smoke Ring, it's both a Space Whale ''and'' an Air Whale at the same time.

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* Hinted at in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, where it claims that House Harkonnen got into the Emperor's favor by 'manipulating "manipulating space whale fur prices'. %% Yes whale fur is a term in the first Dune even, mentioned when Leto is talking to Paul about going to Arrakis. The space part came later albeit.
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prices". The [[Literature/PreludeToDune prequel novels]] HandWave this retcon the Space Whale part by simply claiming they're regular whales (with fur) from the planet Lankiveil.
Lankiveil, making it a case of SpaceX instead.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''The Integral Trees'' ''Literature/TheIntegralTrees'' has the Moby, a whalish giant creature that lives within the breatheable Smoke Ring gas torus orbiting a dead neutron star. Notable in that, by the very nature of the Smoke Ring, it's both a Space Whale ''and'' an Air Whale at the same time.



* In 'The Man in the Maze' by Robert Silverberg, published in 1969, a race of space-travelling whale-like beings put in an appearance.

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* In 'The "The Man in the Maze' Maze" by Robert Silverberg, published in 1969, a race of space-travelling whale-like beings put in an appearance.



** In series 5, [[spoiler: Spaceship UK's engine is in fact a captured Space Whale, almost literally (they call it a star-whale).]]
*** In this case it even gets the bonus points [[spoiler: since the ship wouldn't exist/would fall apart without it.]]

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** In series 5, [[spoiler: Spaceship UK's engine is in fact a captured Space Whale, almost literally (they call it a star-whale).]]
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star-whale)]]. In this case it even gets the bonus points [[spoiler: since the ship wouldn't exist/would fall apart without it.]]



** The Doctor Who novel ''The Resurrection Casket'' has a variation with Krarks, which are small, very vicious space [[ThreateningShark sharks]].

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** The Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' novel ''The Resurrection Casket'' has a variation with Krarks, which are small, very vicious space [[ThreateningShark sharks]].



* Throughout the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' serials, there have been several Space Whales

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* Throughout There have been several Space Whales throughout the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' serials, there have been several Space Whalesserials:



** It was revealed in commentary for ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' that the Enterprise-D was planned to carry whales and dolphins to help navigation as they are more experienced moving in 3-D space.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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It was revealed in commentary for ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' that the Enterprise-D was planned to carry whales and dolphins to help navigation as they are more experienced moving in 3-D space.



** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' also had another space whale which was also a LivingShip called Gomtuu in the episode "Tin Man".

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** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The *** ''The Next Generation]]'' Generation'' also had another space whale -- which was also a LivingShip -- called Gomtuu in the episode "Tin Man".



** Several additional ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples include lifeforms of deep space that resemble marine lifeforms or other tentacley things, such as
*** a space-squid (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]''; although this was actually a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting changeling disguised]], in the form of a space-squid species)
*** a glowing space-jellyfish (the pilot episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'')
*** a space-amoeba (''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'')

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** Several additional ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples include lifeforms of from deep space that resemble marine lifeforms or other tentacley things, such as
as:
*** a A space-squid (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]''; although this was actually a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting changeling disguised]], in the form of a space-squid species)
species).
*** a A glowing space-jellyfish (the pilot episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'')
Generation]]'').
*** a A space-amoeba (''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'')Series]]'').



* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a Strong Bad Email that reveals Strong Bad's ideal career choice as "2nd 2nd Assistant Space Whale Scrubber". In an earlier email, he put up a motivational poster of "some kinda whale...in space...".

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** A
Strong Bad Email that reveals Strong Bad's ideal career choice as "2nd 2nd Assistant Space Whale Scrubber". In an earlier email, he put up a motivational poster of "some kinda whale...in space...".



* In the series ''MTV's Oddities: ComicBook/TheMaxx'', the Air Whales of Pangea appear as blimps (or technically, dirigibles) to the eyes of Mundanes in the city back in the Real World... although, as Mr. Gone claims, the Real World is a mere fantasy world, a shadow of Pangea, so who knows which version is true.
** The same juxtaposition is also explored in the original ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'' comics. There are also the Earth Whales (whales which swim in earth and breathe water) in another Outback, but their "real counterpart" was never shown.

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* In the series ''MTV's Oddities: ComicBook/TheMaxx'', the Air Whales of Pangea appear as blimps (or technically, dirigibles) to the eyes of Mundanes in the city back in the Real World... although, as Mr. Gone claims, the Real World is a mere fantasy world, a shadow of Pangea, so who knows which version is true.
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true. The same juxtaposition is also explored in the original ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'' comics. There are also the Earth Whales (whales which swim in earth and breathe water) in another Outback, but their "real counterpart" was never shown.
18th Jul '17 8:44:56 AM Theriocephalus
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* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Copious amounts of LSD and cannabis.]]

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* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Copious amounts of LSD and cannabis.]]
cannabis]].



* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': Among the things half-seen in outer space by telescopes peering past the shell of stars at the edge of Theia's geocentric system are colossal beasts shaped like world-sized whales or turtles, "swimming through the void as if it was a sea".



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Spaceships'' has a 300,000 ton space whale that it is possible for people to survive inside of. It's womb can be modified to work as a huge bio-tech production line.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** ''GURPS:
Spaceships'' has a 300,000 ton space whale that it is possible for people to survive inside of. It's womb can be modified to work as a huge bio-tech production line.
13th Jul '17 2:19:43 PM Theriocephalus
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* Though ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' lacked any actual Space Whales, theme park-employed "Fungineers" concluded that the moon was first visited by Space ''Whalers''. They proceeded to create a theme-park ride based on this "fact".
** Notably the next line after the ones included in the page quote is 'But there ain't no whales, so we tell tales and sing our whaling tunes'.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Though ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' the show lacked any actual Space Whales, Whales at the beginning, theme park-employed "Fungineers" concluded that the moon was first visited by Space ''Whalers''. They proceeded to create a theme-park ride based on this "fact".
** Notably
"fact". Notably, the next line after the ones included in the page quote is 'But "But there ain't no whales, so we tell tales and sing our whaling tunes'.tunes".



** And finally, the episode "Möbius Dick" introduces a Space Whale. [[EldritchAbomination A four-dimensional one]] that spouts fractals, has a Moebius strip colon, and "breathes" the vacuum of space.
*** Which comes with this gem from Dr. Amy Wong: "I used to hunt giraffes on safari, and giraffes are basically just land space whales."

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** And finally, the episode "Möbius Dick" introduces a Space Whale. [[EldritchAbomination A four-dimensional one]] that spouts fractals, has a Moebius strip colon, and "breathes" the vacuum of space.
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space. Which comes with this gem from Dr. Amy Wong: "I used to hunt giraffes on safari, and giraffes are basically just land space whales."
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