Whale Meaning and Symbolism
May 25
Whale Symbolism

Whale Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Whale Spirit Animal


Whale symbolism can be found throughout the world with over 80 species recorded whales are found in every ocean.  Classified as cetaceans, whales are mammals that are fully adapted for living in water. Not only do they breathe air through lungs they give birth to live and fully developed young.  Even though they have been the subject of years and years of research whales are still wrapped in mystery. Believed to have evolved from large land dwellers millions of years ago they returned to the sea where they evolved into the majestic creatures we know today.  As a spirit animal whales invite us to explore new depths. As keepers of ancient knowledge they provide us with a gateway to discover the truth around us.

Whale Symbolism

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Encounters with the Whale

What is the meaning of whale symbolism? Find out what symbol the whale spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Have you lost yourself in creative pursuits?

When you find yourself consumed by an artistic project or a creative pursuit the whale totem will appear to you with this message.  It’s time for you to take a break and seek out a distraction such as play or socializing with others. It does this to prevent you from becoming burnt out and to keep your creative energy strong.  Find balance by stepping away from your project and enjoying the world around you.

Are you experiencing too much stress in your life?

Whale symbolism has been known to appear to people with they are under an extreme amount of stress.  When this happens it’s important for you to take purposeful time and meditate. Humming and chanting can help you connect to calm energy.  Imagine yourself in a vast ocean that you are swimming through like a whale – as you’re swimming allow yourself to release the stress that you are feeling into the ocean.  Leaving your stress behind.

Do you find yourself sitting on the sidelines and not speaking up?

The whale totem will appear to you to encourage you to use your voice.  Whales use their voice to communicate across hundreds of miles of open ocean.  To say that a whales voice is important is an understatement since they are connected to a powerful voice energy.  When the whale appears to you take stock of your situation and speak up in areas that you’ve remained silent.

Have you been going through the motions of daily life with no change or excitement?

During times like this the whale spirit animal will appear to you to encourage you to make a splash!  Whales are playful and social creatures that love to breach the surface of the water only to come crashing down in a dramatic display.  The whale is calling you to likewise break out from your daily routine and have some fun! Find a way to express yourself through movement and motion, singing and dancing is a great way to start!

Whale Symbolism: The Whale Spirit

Could the Whale be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


As a whale totem person you are connected to a powerful source of calm energy.  Because of this people will see you as a “go with the flow” kind of person. You don’t bicker and complain about tiny issues.  And you rarely lose your temper when dealing with frustrating situations. Whenever there is a reason to stress or panic you are the person that reminds others to stay calm.


When the whale is your spirit animal you will have the ability to channel an intense amount of focus.  This helps your work through your creative pursuits and finish projects you are passionate about. As long as you remember to apply balance to your life your focus will help you overcome creative obstacles.

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People whose spirit animal is a whale will find that there is no limit to their imagination.  They can find inspiration not only from the world around them but through the spiritual realms that others cannot see.  They find joy through expressing themselves and abstract ideas and even emotions through creative outlets.

What are the Traits of the Whale Totem?

Lessons from the Whale Spirit Animal

Whales are:

  • Driven
  • Protective
  • Nurturing
  • Joyful
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Whale symbolism teaches us the lesson of how to approach a journey.  In the natural world whales travel great distances, sometimes over 10,000 miles to and from breeding and birthing waters.  From this practice we can learn that as a whale totem person we can expect things to take time. Whether it’s a new career, hobby or practice, or maybe simply finding your purpose it will take time.  Be patient with the process and allow yourself the freedom to move forward.

Another lesson whale symbolism teaches us is in regards to the spiritual realms.  Because some whales can dive to incredible depths they can see things that are a mystery to the rest of the world.  When your spirit animal is a whale seek out opportunities to grow spiritually. Look for ways that the universe is speaking to you and spend time in the pursuit of deep meditation.

What does the whale spirit mean? Journey and voice medicine! Whale totem people experience a life of journey and find voice healing.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Whale

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Whale symbolism has been associated with ancient knowledge.  And as a spirit animal it provides you with a strength that comes in the form of surprising knowledge.  You will find that you are connected to ancient rivers of information that you are able to tap into once you know how.  From there you will be able to share information that seems to “come out of nowhere” when really it is your connection to your spirit animal.  Whales rely on knowledge when it comes to searching for food and traveling to and from breeding waters. Because of this they understand the importance of knowledge and passing it on to others.


Because some species of whales can dive down into the unknown depths of the sea as your spirit animal the whale brings with it depths.  Depths of knowledge, depth of emotions, depths of understanding. This depth will over time change your character and help you to understand the truth around you.  Because of your connection to the depths you will be able to enjoy the world around to the fullest because you will understand how precious it is and you will value those around you.  Embrace this strength by opening yourself up to the mysteries around you.

New Birth

While researchers have spent years studying the life of whales there are still things about them that are a mystery.  For example the gestation period of a whale is unknown although many people believe it lasts nearly a year. As your spirit animal you must learn to trust the process and understand that good things take time.  When you are working toward a goal or dream be patient with where you are in the process.


Because whales travel the great expanse of the ocean it’s no wonder that they are able to communicate at great distances.  While studies are still being done some research has discovered that a whales song/voice can be heard up to 1,000 miles away.  As a whale spirit animal person listen will be one of your strengths. You will be able to tune into what others are saying as well as discover what they “aren’t saying” out loud.  You must make a point to connect with this power and over time you will find it will only grow stronger and stronger.



Because whales reside at the top of the food chain the greatest threats to them are humans and the waste they create.  In fact hundreds of thousands of cetaceans are killed every year due to fishing nets and man made waste. As a whale totem person it’s important for you to keep your spiritual ocean clear.  Be purposeful about removing any negative energy that attempts to pollute your waters. Let go of burdens that are holding you back and allow your energy to help guide you in keeping your space clean.

Warm Blooded

Despite popular opinion whales are actually in fact, warm blooded.  In order to keep warm they have evolved to have a thick layer of fat, called blubber, under their skin.  While this keeps them warm it also makes them prey for predators, like humans, who use their fat for all kinds of products.  Likewise, as a whale spirit animal person you want to be sure that the defenses you put up to protect yourself fuel and give energy to those who want to tear you down.


It should be no surprise that give their size whales require a lot of food to keep their energy up.  Many species of whales eat krill or plankton which are relatively small organisms. Which means that in order to fill themselves up whales but eat tons and tons of these tiny creatures.  As a whale spirit animal person you may find yourself in a cycle where you are driven to consume. Be sure that what you are consume is being used in your creative pursuits. If you are creatively stagnant be careful that you do not find yourself stuck in a cycle where all you do is consume!

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The Whale in Dreams: What it Means

Whale symbolism in dreams carries with it a variety of meanings.  Typically the whale is a symbol of your spiritual state inviting you to dive deeper.  It means that you are about to undergo a spiritual expansion, growing your perspectives and opening yourself up to new things around you.

When you hear whale symbolism in your dreams, like their voices and songs it is a sign that you need to engage in voice medicine.  Spend time singing or chanting and allow yourself to experience the freedom and the flow of your energy while you do it. This will help you unlock your chi and allow your energy to begin flowing properly.

The whale is a sign of spiritual growth and depth. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Whale

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In Hawaii whales, or kohola, play an important part in their culture.  In fact they have many names of whales like “Palaoa” and “Kuapio”. Their bones or tusks were used to make fishhooks and jewelry that was only reserved for royalty to wear.

The Maori people of New Zealand say that whales, in their cosmology, are the descendants of Tangaroa, the god of the oceans. They were thought of as supernatural beings and often called tapu, or sacred.

In Native American folklore whales play an important role in the Northwest Coast and Inuit tribes.   Revered and held in high respect there are stories of whales providing the people with food. Sighting a whale was said to be a sign of luck.

Around the world the whale symbolism represents spiritual depths and growth.

Historical Facts

Migaloo has made history for being the first ever recorded albino humpback whale.  Researchers and fans have been following his movements and life closely since he was first spotted in 1991!

Animal Quotes

To have a huge, friendly whale willingly approach your boat and look you straight in the eye is without doubt one of the most extraordinary experiences on the planet.
Mark Carwardine
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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