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->''"We're whalers on the moon\\
We carry a harpoon...\\
But there ain't no whales, so we tell tall tales,\\
And sing our whaling tune!"''
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''

SpaceIsAnOcean. This is a well-known phenomenon. For some reason, though, the ocean of space is pretty much devoid of fish.

But not of whales.

Somehow, at some point (probably in the 1970s), the ideas of space and whales became permanently interwoven in the collective unconscious. Why? No one really knows, but here is some wild speculation:
* In 1971, scientists aroused interest in whalesong, which is sufficiently eerie and psychedelic. It's an [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated otherworldly sound]] that combines well with visuals of galaxies and false-color nebulae.
* Space and whales also made great blacklight posters.
* They're already really big, so why not scale up?
* Pictures from the deep ocean also look kind of like space. Or at least something you could describe as "[[StarfishAlien alien]]".
* SpaceIsAnOcean, after all. It'd be a damn shame not to have gigantic creatures making endless voyages through the void, wouldn't it?
* Whales become even more interesting [[SpaceX when they]] are RecycledInSpace.
* An excuse to do a MobySchtick without looking archaic or unsympathetic to ''actual'' whales.
* RuleOfCool.
* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Copious amounts of LSD and cannabis]].

[[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan But nevermind the whys and wherefores]], space and whales are just two great tastes that taste great together. Bonus points are awarded if the whale in question is also a LivingShip, or an EldritchAbomination.

A planet-bound variant of the Space Whale is the [[GiantFlyer Air Whale]], which is often a LivingGasbag and found in settings where TheSkyIsAnOcean. Whales are basically shaped like [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld blimps with fins]] anyway, so it makes [[RuleOfPerception visual sense]] (if you hate gravity, and really, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress who doesn't]]?).

See also SapientCetaceans, FlyingSeafoodSpecial.

Not to be confused with the SpaceWhaleAesop, which is something quite different.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The giant White Steel Eels. The Second Floor Guardian which is even bigger. And we expect to see many more.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' had Schroedinger's Whales, which traverse the entire space-time continuum. They are an exceedingly rare treat to see, considering the chance of one existing could only happen in a ''near-infinite space''; naturally, they have a very hard time finding other Schroedinger's Whales with whom to breed.
* ''[[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Macross Dynamite 7]]'' features space whales in a bizarre cross of Literature/MobyDick and ThePowerOfRock.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', space explorer George Glenn discovers a fossilized Space Whale -- with wings, yet -- in orbit around Jupiter, dubbed "Evidence 01" of alien life in that universe. Live ones (or possibly ghosts) show up from time to time in various side stories.
** Rather notable as Franchise/{{Gundam}} typically has [[AbsentAliens no aliens at all]]... Apart from ''[[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOftheTrailblazer one single instance...]]''
** In ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', a number of whales thrive in human built waterways on the moon. Turn A's connections with other Gundam universes leads one to question whether SEED's Space Whales are related.
* ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' has Leviathans in the deepest depths of its "Sea of Gedult".
* ''Anime/IdolProject'' featured the "Tropical Dimension", basically a resort/ocean planet. And yes, it had space whales.
* ''Anime/PlasticLittle'' features a crew and ship whose business is capturing exotic creatures in the 'sea of clouds' of the planet Ietta, apparently a gas giant of some kind, and selling them to collectors and zoos. In the sequence in which you get to see the exotic creatures, one of those shown is most definitely an Air Whale.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s MagicalLand has [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Air Whales]] ''en lieu'' of the usual ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld. They swarm the sky of the biggest cities in excessive numbers; smaller versions are used for personal transportation; and armadas of gigantic ones are used for war.
* The spaceships of ''Manga/BlueDrop'', while mechanical, are clearly inspired by this trope. The main character's sentient ship (the Blue) looks like a sperm whale, complete with fins and a random whalesong whenever she moves.
* One episode in the third season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' features a painting done by Michiru that is of a whale in space. This is particularly fitting for her, since she's Sailor Neptune and has ocean/water powers.
* ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' one-ups this trope with a Time Whale.
* In ''Seiketsu no Hagurama'' the flying whales are actually steam-punk looking ships designed by a literal blue-blooded GadgeteerGenius prince who, contrary to his intentions to use his machines for peaceful purposes, were being used to eradicate the remaining red-blooded people by his father.

[[folder: Audio Drama]]
* 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Abraxas and the Earthman'' by Rick Veitch (originally serialized in ''Epic Illustrated,'' later released as a graphic novel) is all about this trope: There are space whales (which look exactly like Earth's whales, and "swim" through space with their fins and tails), and space whalers. The whalers are from a civilization based on Organic Technology; they fly in ships which look like small asteroids covered with trees -- the leaves serve as "sails" with which they can reach lightspeed. And everyone can breathe in space (no explanation is even attempted for that). The Great Red Whale Abraxas = Moby Dick, of course, and Captain Rotwang = Captain Ahab.
* Ultra Boy of the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' originally got his powers from being swallowed by a space whale. (To make it even better/worse, his real name is Jo Nah.)
** Still better/worse: Superboy calls him on the coincidence the first time they meet.
** And that's not even the only space whale in ''Legion Of Super-Heroes''. In the original continuity, Lightning Lad lost his arm to the "Super-Moby Dick of Space!"
* In one of ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons'' comics, the bad guys use a kind of organic spaceship that strongly resembles a whale. Background material implies that it was developed from actual whales through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]]. They're also called cetacyborgs, which is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacea kind of a dead giveaway]].
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' villains The Brood traveled in lobotomized space whales known as the Acanti.
** You haven't lived until you've seen a whale doing a high-speed close-orbit approach of a planet to free its ancestor's soul from a citadel of evil.
** On one occasion, Storm actually ''merged'' with one of the Acanti, [[TakeAThirdOption as an alternative to]] either committing suicide or [[BodyHorror transforming into one of The Brood]] after [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong being implanted with a Brood egg]]. Fortunately, the X-Men and Starjammers were able to free the Acanti from slavery, and the whales' thankful shaman (yes, a giant whale sorcerer) [[AWizardDidIt magically]] purged the Brood eggs from the mutants' bodies.
* When ''Storm, the Last Fighter'' (no relation) got taken to the planet of Pandarve, he met an old whaler in a flying wooden boat (!) chasing flying whales for the pearl-like growths in their heads which have magical properties.
* And let us not forget Lobo's "space dolphins", which as of ''52'' have their own religion.
** Lobo also once joined a crew of space whalers whose ship was swallowed whole by an immense albino space whale. Lobo even met a Jonah analogue inside, shortly before eating him.
** Speaking of Lobo, in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he gets a talking space dolphin]] MoralityPet [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Side kick]]. HilarityEnsues.
* In the ''GreenLantern'' comics, it was recently revealed that the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification cosmic personification]] of willpower, Ion, looks very much like a big green whale.
** In one ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' mini (which takes place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in 2024]]) Earth's current Green Lantern is a Blue Whale thus upgrading to this trope
* Creator/DougTenNapel seems fond of this one.
** ''ComicBook/CreatureTech'' features Giant Space Eels with humanoid alien riders. A mad scientist tries to use one of these eels to destroy California.
** In ''Earthboy Jacobus'', the titular hero arrives on Earth in the mouth of a Space Whale.
* The French comic series ''Kookaburra'' has space Lamantines. They act a lot like whales though, and are hunted by whalers.
* In [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo Usagi]] there are space turtles. When they die, their shells are used as spacecraft hull. Not whales, but still impressive.
* A French comic recycled Literature/MobyDick InSpace, with the whales becoming mineral-rich asteroids, whalers becoming AsteroidMiners, harpoons becoming nuclear warheads, and the titular Moby Dick being a possibly sentient comet.
* Possibly in an attempt to make up for ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'''s suspicious lack of Space Whales in the ''Legends'' continuity, ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader Darth Vader]]'' has a pod of cybernetic Space Whales in issue #6, serving as a research facility for a MadScientist in Palpatine's employ.

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Referenced in chapter 57 when it is said a star-ship looks like a whale floating in space.
* ''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".

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In 1965, ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioInOuterSpace'' had Astro, the interplanetary 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.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' features a scene where the main characters watch giant space-whales float by their ship.
* In the "Pines of Rome" sequence of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'', some sort of NegativeSpaceWedgie gives a pod of whales the power of flight, whereupon they rise into the atmosphere, enter space itself, and [[DisneyAcidSequence ultimately breach the surface of the 'ocean' of the atmosphere]] - the animators [[ShrugOfGod assure us it's intended to be ambiguous]]. Besides, the sequence's [[CrowningMusicofAwesome titular song]], by Ottorino Resphigi, is so majestic [[RuleOfCool we can pretty much not care about that]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' has space ''stingrays''. They still sound like whales, though Korso's description of their behavior and the legends about them make them sound more like space dolphins.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' didn't have whales floating through the void, but implied that they had a strong connection with space, when the probe blasted weaponized frequency-shifted humpback whalesong into the depths of space. It was explained that the reason for the probe using whalesong was because the last time it had visited the Earth, humans had not yet evolved and that whales were the most intelligent organism at the time. When the probe returned, it expected to be able to talk to the whales again. (Eventual backstory in a novel revealed that the probe was designed by SapientCetaceans -- dubbed "hyperdolphins" -- on the other side of the galaxy, which might qualify as doubling the trope.)
* The 1965 Belgian animated movie ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioInOuterSpace'' was a RecycledINSPACE sequel to Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' that had Astro, a Space Whale version of Monstro the Whale, complete with a jet nozzle replacing his blowhole.
* Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy features a whale in space... [[GravitySucks although only for a short time]].
* In a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, concept artist Ralph [=McQuarrie=] drew space whales to populate the skies of Bespin in ''Franchise/StarWars [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]'', an idea that was rejected as the effects would have been too costly. In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', ocean-dwelling creatures that could launch themselves out of the water, known as "aiwhas", were seen on Kamino. WordOfGod says "aiwha" is a deliberate corruption of "air whale".
* Irish director Ruari Robinson's pitch short for ''[[https://vimeo.com/122368314 The Leviathan]]'', a science fiction film about space whaling in the 22nd century, with space whale eggs being the key to creating fuel for faster-than-light travel.
* Chitauri ships in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' are weaponized cyborg Space Whales.
* During the pre-release online hype for ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', numerous EpilepticTrees abounded about what the monster would look like and where it had come from. [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YPCf8JFgUdI/RvIDkNog-4I/AAAAAAAAA8E/oqozZVNkPtQ/s800/slushoRar-T.jpg One]] sketch of a multi-fluked whale with legs, which would've stood several times ''taller'' than the actual creature from the film, was widely circulated as "the ''real'' Cloverfield monster"; this spawned its own flood of debate over whether it was an unknown sea creature, a ''mutated'' sea creature, or a Space Whale.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/TheLastHero'': The 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]].
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' mentions several space-born species, and the plot involves large creatures called sundogs. They can be hired to perform [[FasterThanLightTravel interstellar haulage]] service (thus falling into the LivingShip category as well), usually carrying a normal spaceship. That is, if specific individual is not stupid enough to ''devour'' the ship instead.
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer wrote a weird ''Literature/MobyDick'' pastiche called ''Literature/TheWindWhalesOfIshmael''.
* An Italian satirical science-fiction novel titled ''Terra!'' featured an extended Moby-Dick parody sequence, with metal-rich asteroids and miners.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's novel ''Cachalot'' (1980), part of the Literature/HumanxCommonwealth universe. In the future, Mankind had decided to save the last survivors of the cetacean species of Earth (whales, dolphins, orcas) and transplant them to a planet almost completely covered by oceans which had no native sentient species (or so they thought, because they didn't look deep enough in the oceans). The cetaceans prospered, on a world that belonged to them and on which humans and thranx were only allowed as traders and researchers. By the time of the novel, all the cetaceans are sentient to some degree, with the toothed whales more so than the baleen whales (either due to evolution or genetic Uplifting done prior to the whale diaspora or shortly afterwards, it's not entirely clear). Some species of toothed whales have even grown more intelligent than humans and live for hundreds of years since they are no longer hunted. The book ends with the revelation that these whales have developed [[PsychicPowers psionic powers]] like telekinesis and telepathy (since they have no hands and thus a civilizations based on song, not artifacts and tools), and with the help of these powers they can levitate their bodies from the water and travel into space.
* Creator/WayneBarlowe's ''Literature/{{Expedition}}'' not only gives us a planet with a wide variety of "Floaters", several of whom are basically Air-Whales, one of these is of human-like intelligence.
* Creator/TimothyZahn wrote a series of short stories in the mid 1980s which featured "Space Horses," small Space Whales that could be controlled by means of [[PsychicPowers telepathy]], and were the only known form of FTL-capable transportation. At least one story also featured [[Film/{{Jaws}} space sharks]], oversized predatory life that made a habit of eating not only the Space Horses, but also any starships that they happened to be towing.
* Creator/IainBanks
** ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' briefly mentions the chuy-hitsi warp animal, spacebourne creatures capable of interstellar travel.
** A largely un-related but voluminous B Plot in the sequel ''[[Literature/TheCulture Look to Windward]]'' introduces the "dirigible behemothaur": a very, very, very large Air Whale.
** The Dwellers fit this -- although they mostly live on gas planets as Air Whales, it is implied that they created a massive intergalactic network of wormholes. It is certain that at one point they used them. Their culture is intimately examined in TheAlgebraist. In some ways they are similar to the Affront from ''Literature/{{Excession}}'', being gleefully violent and cruel to their offspring, and being possessed of a rather macho attitude to life. They are, however, also quite scholarly and thoughtful at times.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** Douglas Adams' ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' featured a whale that was created randomly in the upper atmosphere of a planet, where it proceeded to fall to the ground. Questions of how it survived lack of oxygen and possibility of it burning up in the atmosphere are waived in favor of a bit of hilarious internal monologue.
** The Hitchhiker's Guide also has space ''dolphins'' -- the [[spoiler:second]] most intelligent species on Earth [[spoiler:escapes before the planet is destroyed.]]
-->''[[EarWorm So long and thanks for all the fish, so sad that it has come to this...]]''
* In the 1970s Robert F. Young wrote [[http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?26084 a series of stories]] about a man who teams up with a space whale. (The stories also featured lots of complex typewriter-generated graphics, for reasons best known to the author.)
* The Franchise/StarTrek novel series ''The Captain's Table'' had one entry, called appropriately enough ''Where Sea Meets Sky'', with a species of large, spacefaring, and even [[FasterThanLightTravel warp-capable]] to some degree, whale-shaped beings; their planetbound immature form is tentacled NightmareFuel. It gets worse: the dietary range of both forms put together is "[[ExtremeOmnivore almost anything]] -- people included", they're insanely hard to kill, and the space-going adults actually fire biologically-created energy beams. (Yes, they're a product of genetic engineering.)
* 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).
* The Star Trek TNG novel ''Dark Mirror'' by Creator/DianeDuane has a [[SapientCetaceans dolphinoid]] ambassador aboard the Enterprise-D; he [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling detects differences in the hyperstrings]] when the starship has crossed between universes. In fact it's his sense that something is different that gives them time to figure out what's going on.
* 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 Jupiter-native "wind-whales" that do appear are clearly show in the illustrations to be more like jellyfish.
* In Creator/StephenBaxter's ''[[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee]]'' universe, the Spline are [[LivingShip giant living armored spaceships]] that evolved from alien whales. They live off interstellar gas and other species use them as transports and warships. In one case, the entire Qax race, which consist of cell-like vortices in any fluid (ocean, air, gas giant, star, space-time...), is transported off its homeworld when the sun goes nova.
* In the ''Literature/SeafortSaga'' series, by David Feintuch, the allied governments of humanity are attacked by giant space goldfish we accidentally lured into our space by FTL travel; apparently it sounded just like someone calling out to them and they were exploring to find out who was out there. [[spoiler: The protagonist kills them all at the end of the series by tricking them into the Sun]].
* The novel ''A Deeper Sea'' by Alexander Jablokov involves a whale being turned into a spacefaring cyborg to fulfill a religious prophecy of the dolphins, with whom man has learned to communicate.
* 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". The [[Literature/PreludeToDune prequel novels]] retcon the Space Whale part by simply claiming they're regular whales (with fur) from the planet Lankiveil, making it a case of SpaceX instead.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''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.
* ''The Shattered World'' doesn't have Space Whales, but it does have Space ''Whalers''. They sail around the air-filled Void between fragments, harpoons at the ready, and hunt ''dragons'' for their bones and hides.
* In ''Espada da Galáxia'', the metalians' method of space traveling consists of putting "command bridges" and Space Folders inside Space Whales, beings made of living metal whose power source is similar to that of a star. They not only have a behavior much similar to that of loner whales, they live as long as a star tends to, and have natural force fields!
* In "The Man in the Maze" by Robert Silverberg, published in 1969, a race of space-travelling whale-like beings put in an appearance.
* Creator/MichaelFlynn's short story "On The High Frontier" has spacefaring creatures that resemble in part jellyfish, whales, and cattle, and are "herded" around the outer Solar System. Yes, it's a SpaceWestern.
* Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series includes a sentient whale teleporting to the moon for a meeting in the eighth book. While the whale spends no time actually traveling ''through'' space, it probably still counts.
* In ''Literature/TheDreamingDark'' trilogy for the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting, the main characters are in a dimensionally-traveling orb-shaped vessel sitting in the ethereal plane, where they are rammed by something they can't see from the inside. The leader immediately panics about "orb-eating ethereal whales".
* The ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series briefly mentions these, called "starseeds". The Outsiders, a race that could easily dominate the Galaxy but is content to sell information, follow them for whatever reason. Starseeds, [[spoiler: and the associated starseed lures which can be applied to any star to draw starseeds]] become two key plot points of the book.
* In Creator/JohnVarley's ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy'', the artificial planet/entity Gaea is home to ''air whales.'' They are genetically engineered organisms (the inside of Gaea is full of such), basically living dirigibles in both shape and function. (Since Gaea itself is in orbit around Saturn, they are also, technically, in space.)
* In the final book of Kenneth Oppel's ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'' Trilogy, the main characters have an encounter with two space whales while they are mating.
* In 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 that "pin" together [[AlternateUniverse parallel universes]].]]
* In [[Creator/NnediOkorafor Nnedi Okorafor]]'s ''Binti'' series, the protagonist travels between planets via a sentient, living, organic spaceship named the Third Fish, "a peaceful giant who was like a shrimp and could breathe in outer space because of internal rooms full of oxygen-producing plants that served as lungs."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Over the course of ''Series/DoctorWho'', several space whale and space whale-like specimens have been introduced.
** 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 gets bonus points [[spoiler: since the ship wouldn't exist/would fall apart without it.]]
** In an older episode, there was a kind of whale analogue. It looked more like a giant dragonfly, but its method of gathering oxygen and then [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale holding its breath while it flew to another planet]] was explicitly likened to whales.
** The ''Doctor Who'' novel ''The Resurrection Casket'' has a variation with Krarks, which are small, very vicious space [[ThreateningShark sharks]].
** The episode "Kill The Moon" at first features what appear to be dog-sized space spiders...but they turn out to be [[spoiler: nothing more than ''bacteria'' compared to the gigantic dragon-like creature that's about to hatch out of the moon, which is actually its egg. It's implied that it belongs to a whole species of Space Whales that lay moon-sized eggs right when they hatch; their eggs remain in orbit around their host planets, providing them with all the advantages of a massive moon, meaning they are symbiotic with their planets. Good thing the protagonists decided NOT to nuke the moon in the end...]]
* There have been several Space Whales throughout the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' serials:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Galaxy's Child", they're under threat by a Space Whale baby who thinks the Enterprise is its mother, and is sucking the energy from the ship.(It looked more like a nudibranch but acted like a whale).
*** It was revealed in commentary that the Enterprise-D was planned to carry whales and dolphins to help navigation as they are more experienced moving in 3-D space.
*** While exactly who is there and what they do is never quite explained, on-screen dialogue did mention that ''Enterprise'' has a section called 'Cetacean Ops'.
*** ''The Next Generation'' also had another space whale -- which was also a LivingShip -- called Gomtuu in the episode "Tin Man".
*** According to the ''Enterprise'' blueprints, cetacean engineers actually '''designed''' much of the navigation system. That's engineers who are cetaceans. From Earth.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
*** Likewise, there's an episode which involves the ship getting mixed up in some sort of space whale mating ritual. The male space whales even challenged U.S.S. Voyager as a mating rival. The ship escaped by rolling over and turning blue, because that's how real ocean-going whales indicate submission.
*** Another episode was set [[SwallowedWhole inside the stomach]] of a Space Whale. There was even an Ahab-like space whaler trapped in there too; of course [[NobodyPoops none of the ships made it past the stomach]].
** The ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" features a Space Whale called a Gormagander, which is protected by the Federation's Endangered Species Act.
** Several additional ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples include lifeforms from 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]]'').
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is set on board a LivingShip known as a Leviathan, named "Moya"; an initial conceptual design for which greatly resembled a whale, complete with eyes. The actual production version was much more "spaceshippy", though her silhouette is still suggestive of a humpback. Many of Moya's sound effects are also reminiscent of whale song.
** ''Farscape'' also features budongs, natural creatures that can grow to the size of a small moon. In one episode Talyn gets swallowed by one.
** Mountain-range size skeletons of unspecified creatures appear in the establishing shots of probably a quarter of the worlds the crew visits, although these are never acknowledged by the characters.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has the Cetus (Latin for "whale"), an enormous glowing space creature 15 times larger than the titular ship. It feeds on any kind of matter (except AntiMatter), but it's extremely slow digestion means it only needs to eat once in about 6000 years. It's also a PlanetEater, as it's shown to leave enormous scars on planetary surfaces visible from space. Only one was ever shown, and this one is killed when the ''Andromeda'' ejects her [[FTLTravel Slipstream]] core.

* The video for ''In The End'' by Linkin Park features a couple of space whales flying around.
* Skyclad's album ''Silent Whales of Lunar Sea'', although this is actually a pun and the music features no whales.
* French metal band Gojira features the song "Flying Whales" on ''From Mars to Sirius''.
** The [[ConceptAlbum entire album]] deals with a quest to find the Space Whales who inhabit Sirius and get them to help revive the biologically dead Earth, long since destroyed by ecological damage dealt by humanity. Whether or not this qualifies as a SpaceWhaleAesop is another question.
* The trance tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPz2JlVut7o ''Shamu'']](named after the famous killer whale?) by Vincent de Moor has synthesizer sound effects that sound like whale song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1tbuJZuQz0 The Armin van Buuren remix]] uses actual whale song samples.
** "Embracing the Future" by BT and "Neo (The One)" by Slyder also have orca/whale song type sounds.
* The lyrics Music/{{Cormorant}}'s song "Hole in the Sea" features one of these. Possibly.
** Plus, they're sung by Aaron Gregory from Giant Squid [[CrowningMomentofAwesome in a drunken sailor voice that has been compared to]] Music/TomWaits.
* The fourth Music/TheyMightBeGiants album, ''Apollo 18'', features a whale and squid in combat on the cover, set against a black void next to a lunar lander. Much of the album art, visuals in the "The Statue Got Me High" video, and some song themes and lyrics from that album - not to mention its title - are space/moon-themed. The whale only appears once, but it's huge.
* Speaking of 1971, Music/PinkFloyd's "Echoes" from ''Music/{{Meddle}}'' has lyrics that were originally space-themed (and later changed to ocean-themed,) plus a nice [[ProgressiveRock four-minute interlude]] in which David Gilmour makes his guitar sound like whale song.
* Music/{{Asia}} brings us space dolphins on the cover of Aqua.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons:''
** Space-themed ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting had the Kindori, your basic mouthless multi-eyed blue whale. Delphinids are Space Dolphins. The godlike Great Dreamers aren't quite Space Whales proper, but rather space-traveling whales, as they float in water envelopes the size of a little moon (they are up to 20 miles long themselves). And, of course, the Spelljammer itself is a giant living spaceship in the shape of a manta ray.
** Air Whales appear in a third edition supplement book, too. And they're used as blimps.
** Pelins, from a very old ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article, were basically the same thing, although they didn't look all that much like whales.
** One old ''Dragon'' article featured a species of large whale that could use astral projection as an inherent ability, making ''the Astral Plane'' home to Space Whales.
** Balaenas (later re-named "elsewhales"), an intelligent species of magical whale, can take people on trips in pockets of air it creates in its mouth.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has omas, colossal creatures resembling a cross between a whale and a fish that inhabit the depths of gas giants and the vacuum of space, and which use "energy baleen" to strain food from planetary rings and atmospheres. Their stomachs are actually habitable, and some alien races have leaned to use telepathy to control omas and use them as living spaceships.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has a few mentions of something called a "Void Whale". In the 5th edition rulebook, there's a picture of one. It looks like a combination of whale and an anglerfish. In SPACE. The Space Wolves codex has a short story about a mutated Void Whale. It was 12,000 miles long. The little picture of the whale using a small moon to lure stuff into its mouth is pretty much to scale.
* ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'' has a race called the Alunda, which are space whales with bioelectric batteries and little plasma-enabled tentacles all over them. They really hate the Branthodon, who ride around on cybernetically-enhanced Space Dragons. (Both races are fictional in-universe, created as outside-the-box opponents for tactical simulations.)
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' includes a variety of whales that are members of transhumanist society. Suryas, a genetically engineered variety, live in the corona of the sun, with light-up skin. Other uplifted types of whales can be seen in spacesuits in the vacuum of space, others in low-grav environs. The recent splatbook, Panopticon, describes cetaceans' unique 3D sensibility as an advantage for moving around in space.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** ''GURPS: Spaceships'' has a 300,000 ton space whale that it is possible for people to survive inside of. Its womb can be modified to work as a huge bio-tech production line.
** In ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' there ''probably'' aren't Space Whales. There are, however, "Whalers" or "Beyonders", a group of spacers-turned-cryptozoologists who say they encountered ''something'' massive and blue-black in the Deep Beyond. They're the butt of jokes in the inner system, but taken more seriously the further out you go.
* No space whales have been found in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' so far but there are space eels. They're actually closer to plants.
* The Blob Carrier in ''TabletopGame/StarRealms'', which the art portrays looking like the trope. It's FlavorText even lampshades it's appearance.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]] has spaceflies, which are basically tiny Space Whales, except in bug form. Which the Split [[PoweredByAForsakenChild utilize as fuel]]. The ''Xtended Terran Conflict'' mod adds several more types of space wildlife, including [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons space dragons]].
* What exemplifies this trope more than the ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' series' Great Thing? Nothing, that's what -- except, perhaps, for its little-known relative Great Force.
* The Gnosis Cathedral Ships in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' appear as giant alien whales.
* The ''VideoGame/StarFox'' Nintendo Power comic (based on the game) had the main character encountering the ghost of his dead father speaking to him in the form of a spectral space whale.
** There was also a space whale in the Sector Y level of the game, though it had to be encountered in a special way. [[spoiler:Shoot all the small stingrays in the level 'till they turn blue, and the whale shows up near the end and drops lots of powerups for you.]]
* The Wind Fish from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' was a trapped interdimensional being that did indeed look more whale than fish.
** It's explicitly stated that it's neither fish nor bird in one inscription. [[FridgeBrilliance Now think about what whales are...]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Levias, a flying whale who is the guardian deity of the skies.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Pinocchio's Monstro was, again, a whale that swam through the void between worlds. He's been a "regular" (enormous, actively malevolent) whale in every other KH appearance.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the only way to get to the moon is by riding a whale-shaped spaceship called the Big Whale.
** And in the GBA version, to make it more relevant to the moon and space, they name it Lunar Whale.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' revolves around the destructive monstrosity called ''Sin'', which is a huge whale .. [[spoiler: it also grows wings during one of your fights against it]].
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', during the space jaunt from Hillys to its moon for the final showdown, the player can use the ship's laser to blow up a floating chunk of ice that contains a still-living space whale. It's one of the life forms you need pictures of for the animal side quest, and it appears in the catalog as Megaptera Anaerobia, or "whale that doesn't breathe".
* The oceans in the world of ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' were originally created by a great whale, but the whale and the oceans were swallowed by the ancient evil Malpercio.
* There's a full-sized Space Whale inside the ship in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' Game Verse, as well as a small one that lives on land with Chromier. They're psychic, giving the in-game excuse to read the Angels' affection meters.
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'':
** Dolphins in space.
** The flying psychic dolphins from the future.
* The VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' doesn't feature any actual space whales, but its aquatic theme park does have a "Cosmic Whale Room," with a lifelike animatronic whale suspended in a room painted to look like outer space.
* The Kickstarter for the strategy game/visual novel ''{{VisualNovel/Sunrider}}'' promised "romancable space whales" as their ultimate stretch goal at $100000, over thirty-three times the base funds requested to make the game. The goal was not reached, but various references to the whales are present throughout.
** When body pillows of the characters started going into production, a vote was held to see who deserved to be on the next print. The Space Whale took a considerable portion of the vote.
* While no space whales are found in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', there is a space Flounder, and its Space Flounder spawns which all look like tadpoles with a guys face on it.
* Arcwhales in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' -- of course, everything flies there, including all the fish and landmasses. In particular is Rhaknam, a whale whom Drachma is hunting down [[spoiler:and is actually the Purple Gigas]].
** Given the way Vyse and Aika react when they first encounter Rhaknam, and the fact that you never see any other arcwhales through the course of the game in spite of traversing the entire world, it's reasonable to assume that arcwhales are incredibly rare and seeing one is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. [[spoiler:Or they don't exist.]]
** It is not likely that they do not exist, as Rhaknam was mentioned to be an existing creature that was modified, rather than constructed from scratch. [[spoiler:Rhaknam may be the last one though.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaIII'' has a whale floating above the clouds. It's surprised to see humans there when you approach it. It seems all the [[{{Magitek}} airplanes]] in that world don't like to go that high.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starscape}}'' had space fire dragon-''things''...
* The reason the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Zerg]] can survive in space, according to ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' BackStory, is that they absorbed a flock of Space Whales that got too close to their homeworld. These became the behemoths, giant mutants bigger than battlecruisers, one ship can contain a whole brood. Also, some of their air units, such as the Guardian and Overlord, certainly fit the trope (though they look more like space crabs and space... balloon crabs). We never see the behemoths, but ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' shows their presumed weaponized replacements, the utterly massive leviathans.
** On the tournament version of the ''[=StarCraft=] II'' map ESV Cloud Kingdom, there is a Space Shark in floating about in the center.
* In the 1994 PC game ''Commander Blood'', 'Ma' is a genetically modified, unique captive Space Whale who births OrganicTechnology, 'dolphin'-like communication probes called Orxx.
* ''VideoGame/JumpingFlash'' has air whales in World 3-2. Uniquely for the game, they [[EverythingTryingToKillYou aren't trying to kill you]], and just sort of float there, wiggling their flukes, and letting you use them as platforms.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}} Air Ride'', of all things, features big flying whale-like ''things'' on the Frozen Hillside stage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' has the ability to easily make any vehicle you want. A good number of the Featured creations are spaceships shaped like sea creatures. Including one of a whale and a giant squid fighting.
* Let's not forget the Liir of ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. Some peculiar cross between Space Whales and Space Dolphins, the eldest members of the Liir are literal whales, albeit whales with immense PsychicPowers and an intelligence several times that of a human. All Liir who ever set their flippers into space are murderously insane... At least by Liir standards, as they're actually willing to harm other beings. Though they can't survive vacuum and use starships.
** Now, with ''[=SotS=] 2'', we finally know that the [[spoiler:Suul'ka]] are actually Liir who have grown so large that, normally, the SquareCubeLaw would cause them to die underwater. Instead, they choose to teleport themselves into space using their immense PsychicPowers and go mad with power. Screenshots reveal that they are, in fact, several times larger than the new ''Leviathan''-class warships (which are about 800 meters long). They survive vacuum thanks to special environmental suits which also double as battle armor. The reason the Liir are so advanced is because these Elders enslaved the younger Liir and forced an industrial revolution just to build them these suits.
* The exact species of Tanzer in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' is not ever revealed, but it's a giant space something or other that devours ships and has a colony of people living in its innards.
* A Space Whale figures prominently in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' as the ''deity'' of the Valeia Church. It turns out to be [[spoiler:an ark of ThePrecursors which the villain's been trying to reactivate so he can unseal a CosmicHorror]].
* Though he's referred to as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a dragon]], Ba'ul from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' looks more like a whale, even more so after he matures and becomes the party's GlobalAirship. He's also purely an air whale, as Judith states that he can't swim, despite looking as though he'd be great at it.
* In the 1993 UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}-Game ''Whale's Voyage'' http://hol.abime.net/1692 you're cruising around in a spaceship shaped like, well, a whale.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' has what appear to be space whales or sharks in two of its SpacePirate levels (though the first of which is on a planet with an atmosphere). Also, Stratus City has floating jellyfish. Additionally, there are the Basilisk Leviathian enemies (space serpents) in two levels and ''Quest for Booty'' had Pythors (space python-thingies).
* In the [[VideoGame/SengokuRance Rance universe,]] a Space Whale created all of existence [[GodIsEvil so that it could watch humans fight amongst themselves and cause chaos for as long as they exist.]]
* Guppy from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* Comorro in ''VideoGame/{{Otherspace}}'', who also acts as a massive living ship. Characters reside in various internal ducts and passages, and park their ships in her [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow landing bay]].
* One mission in ''VideoGame/HaegemoniaLegionsOfIron'' involves defending your colonies against ship-sized space jellyfish, which can shoot back. They are [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment never mentioned again]].
* ''VideoGame/NexusTheJupiterIncident'' has the Locust Queen, a massive spaceborne creature capable of "launching" waves of insect-like drones.
* The second stage of ''VideoGame/ChildOfEden'' has space whales as well as space manta rays and a space phoenix.
* Not exactly an example, but related. ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' introduces an enemy known as Gigafraug, which is essentially (despite the misleading name) a walking whale with antlers.
** The boss Vorash is basically a lava whale.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has the Master of the Clouds, a giant AirWhale who is used to travel from the Shepherd Republic to [[spoiler:Earth]].
* While not quite in space all the time, Gohma Vlitra from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' gives off this vibe and shares the look, as it comes up from the earth and fights Shinkoku ships by piercing beyond the earth's atmosphere to do so.
* The early 90s Amiga game "Eye of the Storm" features peaceful Space Whales roaming around the atmosphere of Jupiter.
* The Wahrk in ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'' is a strange, [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]] [[HeinzHybrid whale-shark-walrus hybrid thing]] that falls to Earth through the star fissure from Riven.
* The Wraith in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' act out this trope, even if they don't look like whales. Despite their ominous appearance, they're typically harmless unless you provoke them (or unless you're flying a ship from the Polaris, who did all the provoking for you in the backstory).
* One of the random encounters in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' is a black market shop set up in a Space Whale corpse. This is only described in text, so we don't get to see what it looks like. Live Space Whales are never encountered.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel''. The so-called Space Whale (which is apparently telepathic) seems to be a normal whale that needs to live underwater. It lives in the botanical garden sector within the Elsior, which included a large, sea-like pool for it to live in. Apparently however, it is implied to be able to float on air as well, so...
* Space whales can occasionally be seen in "VideoGame/ArtemisSpaceshipBridgeSimulator" floating around in pods, and appear on the minimap. They are also targetable and are not impervious to nuclear missiles.
* One BigBad of ''VideoGame/AnimalKaiser'' is Emperor Vertus, an alien invader blue whale from space.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthAndBeyond'', space - including the Solar System - is apparently full of various space-dwelling creatures. Admittedly, most are comparable in size to a single-man spacecraft, but a few are much larger.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'' exhibits a version of this in Jonah Town, a small town built on the back of a great flying humpback whale (this is more of a Sky whale than a Space whale).
* ''VideoGame/{{Off}}'' has a flying whale enemy in Zone 2. It's appropriately enough called "whale".
* ''VideoGame/TheAether'' mod in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' features "Aerwhales" which are essentially this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' plays with this by having whales which are implied to be supernatural and are somehow associated with the mystic dimension The Outsider comes from (when you go there, a whale can be seen floating in the abyss).
* There is a running gag among the developers of ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' in which one of the development team members will add "SPACE WHALES" to Hello Games' schedule. That said, Sean Murray has hinted that Space Whales will likely not make their way into the game itself.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' features various forms of space-dwelling creatures, including on that is literally called "Space Whales" on the UI (although they look more like jellyfish than whales).
* ''VideoGame/TreasurePlanetBattleAtProcyon'' has Space Whales on some maps, most notably the first campaign mission, when they are spotted the spotter will say 'Whales spotted'.
-->'''Jim Hawkins:''' 'Look Mr Onyx! Orcus Galacticus! Spotting them is supposed to bring good luck!'
-->'''Mr Onyx:''' 'I wouldn't know Sir. But they are certainly magnificent!'

[[folder:Visual Art]]
* In TheNineties a popular art-style for folders and binders was a dolphin or whale swimming through symmetrically-arranged coral and star clusters and sparkly purple nebulae? They were marginally darker and less [[TastesLikeDiabetes diabetes-flavored]] than the Lisa Frank rainbow-and-unicorn kind.
* Rodney Matthews' painting [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/1cf79b812b50e2ee30460aac148f2433/tumblr_mrwc0miZn81sa82d6o1_1280.jpg Stop the Slaughter]] shows whalers in space.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''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...".
** And the last thing the Drive-Thru Whale does in the cartoon [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/drivethru.html "Drive-Thru"]] is blast off into orbit after eating a Europa-pean Space Lobster. ''"Sever your leg, please. It's the greatest day."''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Kukuburi}}'': [[http://www.kukuburi.com/2007/08/21/ten/ Airwhales!]] [[http://www.kukuburi.com/2008/02/12/fiftynine/ Battlewhale!]]%%ZCE
* The Magical Flying Fetus Whale of Josh Lesnick's ''WebComic/{{Girly}}'' (introduced [[http://girlyyy.com/go/516 here]]) might qualify. Who knows? Maybe space is where the whale returns to. In any case, it can definitely fly in earth's atmosphere.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies had a peculiar shortage of Space Whales in the movies that ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''' [[TheLoonie Sally]] tried to amend [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0263.html in this strip]].
* Mentioned in one ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' strip. Apparently, they can have [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1090124/page-295-i-have-no-idea-where-claires-gun-went/ mommy issues]].
* Mentioned in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' as a reference to ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'': the poem calls the sea "the whale road", so space is "the space-whale road".
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a flying interdimensional magic-eating being that, after being compared to an algae-eating bottom-feeder, [[InvokedTrope explicitly states]] that it prefers to think of itself as being more like a whale.
* Referenced in the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic ''[[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1446:_Landing Landing]]'': "Whales: (probably) not in space".
* In ''The Adventures of Dave the Astronaut'' [[http://i.imgur.com/rjxNetW.jpg #19]] the protagonist uses one of these space cetaceans to pull his ship after it runs out of fuel.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2146 SCP-2146]], the frozen corpse of Bowhead Whale in Earth orbit. It regularly broadcasts short television programs featuring Space Whales in rather disturbing contexts, often ending unpleasantly for involved human beings. [[spoiler: WordOfGod says this wasn't an alien creature, but a terrestrial whale with human intelligence, RealityWarper powers, and an obsession with alien conspiracy theories.]]
* The [[spoiler:Entities]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' are planet-sized creatures which exist across multiple dimensions. They are the source of superpowers and are glimpsed only briefly when parahumans trigger. As learned late in the story, [[spoiler:the Entities consider all other lifeforms as tools for experimentation and ultimately destroy every world they visit across every dimension as part of their reproductive cycle]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "Space Moby", an episode of the SpaceWestern cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', featured a species of space-whales that was being hunted to extinction. And an environmental group with the {{Anvilicious}} name of "Spacepeace" that was trying to save them.
* The animated series ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' has enormous purple space whales that act as long-haul truckers, carrying cargo from planet to planet.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}'' has an episode not only featuring one variation of this trope, but titled after it: "The Air Whales of Anchar".
* 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.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' featured the Acanti, mentioned above.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Though the show lacked any actual Space 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, 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".
** The Encyclopod of the 4th movie, ''[[Recap/FuturamaM4IntoTheWildGreenYonder Into The Wild Green Yonder]]'', is a space manta ray.
** 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."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', a Space Whale is seen trying to eat two Space Squids, in the manner similar to a black hole.
* The titular creatures of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Skywhales}}'' short.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when, after being shot into space, a whale is shown to have landed on the Moon, and is very dead.
* A squadron of starfighters in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is almost destroyed when they fly through a nebula that happens to be inhabited by Space Mantas.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E13TheCall "The Call"]] features the purrgil, who are traditional space whales (they even "breathe in" stores of gas for long journeys in a way similar to a whale breaching in reverse), except for the tentacles [[spoiler:and their organic faster-than-light spaceflight.]]. [[spoiler:They end up being ChekhovsGunman in the series finale, with Ezra summoning them to defeat [[TheHeavy Thrawn]] and sending both him & Thrawn into areas unknown.]]
* Care-a-Lot in ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' is visited every year by the Thunder Whales, flying whales who spout storm clouds.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', a whale is shown being kidnapped by a flying saucer in the background of one scene.
* Combined with FantasticVoyagePlot in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DexHamiltonAlienEntomologist'' when Dex and his crew have to travel inside the body of a space whale in order to save it.
* The weblum in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetus The constellation Cetus]] is the closest thing you can get to a RealLife Space Whale. Originally described as a "sea monster" constellation, it's now referred to as "the whale" today.
** 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''.
* Real whales' migratory routes are now being tracked ''from'' space by marine biologists and Navy oceanographers, who use satellites to monitor animals implanted with tracking beacons and thus, help ships steer clear of whale pods.
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