"[he] began carving a large black fish, a killer whale of spruce the likes of which had never been seen before. ... he fashioned a whale of yellow cedar and when launched, [it] came to life and swam out to sea."
-- Tlingit legend of Natsilane
••• offshoot of mockingnerd's tumblr, concentrating solely on marine life.
Whale sharks are considered vulnerable by the IUCN. Although the fishing, selling, exporting and importing of whale sharks was banned in the Philippines in 1998, India in 2001, and Taiwan in 2007, hunting of the species continues.