The whale or orca has in many cultures been believed to be a highly intelligent creature and a positive omen having evolved a brain comparable in size to ours 30 million years ago. Now it is a creature threatened with extinction despite the fact that the sound of the whale has been carried by Voyager I and II together with the sounds of humans to sample the sounds of earth.
One exception to this was considered to be the sudden appearance of a whale in an area of sea not normally associated with whale schools. This was thought to indicate the arrival of problems not just for a family but often for a community and therefore this event was treated as a powerful omen. The killing of whales in some countries has been banned, and although the reasons for this action do not directly relate to tradition it is interesting to note that it has long been thought that the killing would ensure that disaster will befall the person and community that continues to ignore the power of these creatures.
Upon earth there is not his like,
who is made without fear.
Will he speak soft words unto thee?’