Underwater World Rulers

Underwater realm characters include fish, octopi, air-breathing sea turtles, dolphins and whales. In this section are a mixture of creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.

Killer Whales are considered to be monsters and rulers of their own underwater city. Orca, Killer Whales, or Blackfish, share the underwater realm with such royal creatures as Copper Woman and Komogwa, the underwater sea king. Whales have the ability to shed their skin and transform into Sea Wolves so they can hunt on land in killer-packs.

Whales are mortal enemies of the Thunderbirds because Thunderbirds can scoop whales out of the water to feed people on land. Thunderbirds are benevolent supernatural beings and considered to be the source of the thunder.

Evidence of an earthquake that struck the American Pacific Northwest in 1700 suggests that the Thunderbird and Whale mythology describes this event. The Thunderbird myth could be partly based upon encounters by people of a prehistoric bird called Aiornis which fed on stranded whale carcasses.

Octopus, or Devilfish are feared because these deadly devil fish would grab fishermen and hunters and hold them underwater until they drowned.