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Quin the Whaleca

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Character Sheet
by Tasuric
A long overdue commission for dl0r in the form of my first ever character sheet! Meet..

Quin the Whaleca!

He's quite the genetic impossibility! It looks like mother nature made a huge oopsie.

Born to a resident orca mother and an unknown blue whale father, he was raised by the pod just long enough to survive, before leaving to set out on his own (partially due to an independent streak from his blue heritage, partially due to some of the more conservative females in the matriarchal line disapproving of his presence). He does occasionally crave the pod life, and sometimes desires to start his own somehow with his own kind... except being the only whaleca, that is probably a bit of a pipe dream.

He got a few traits from each of his parents. Obviously his size came from his father's side, and his body proportions are generally closer to those of a mysticeti. His dual-blowhole is definitely from his mysticeti father, and he had an obvious influence on the length and position of his pectoral and dorsal fins.
However, his orca heritage is also evident. His mouth and teeth (and lack of baleens) are definitely from his mother's side, as are his color and markings, the position and size of his eyes, and the shape of his flukes. The shape and relative size of his genitals also have obvious orca influence.
He can sing like a blue, "squee" like an orca, and echolocate, which can be confusing to both species when they're near enough to him to hear.

His diet consists mostly of fish and large squid, the hunting of which he learned from his old resident pod. He does nom mammals on occasion (including other cetaceans), but only if they ask him to. He'll comply with a somewhat confused air, not quite understanding why they'd want that!

Personality-wise, he is generally pretty jolly, playful, and quite energetic. He enjoys breaching a bit more than is normal for a large whale, perhaps due to pride at being able to emerge completely from the water at a considerably greater height than any mysticeti he's met. He tries to be friendly to both orcas and baleen whales (and finds cows of both species attractive), although some of them seem to consider him to be impure or unnatural. Not all of them though, in fact, the orca shown here (mostly for size reference) is one of his friends.

male 678,068, feral 39,164, orca 2,238, whale 914, nonanthro 454, whaleca 8, ceta 4
Type: Character Sheet
Published: 5 years, 5 months ago
Rating: General

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5 years, 5 months ago
I would have bought it better if you'd said it was the blue whale who was the mother because blue whale babies, on average, weight around 2.5 metric tons and are about 7 meters in length while baby orcas weigh about 158 kg at the most and are around 2.6 meters in length. That averages out to... a 2.3 metric ton baby that's about 4.4 meters in length... and the average length of an orca is 5 to 7 meters at a weight of about 3 to 4 metric tons.
5 years, 5 months ago
Don't blame Tas, I wrote the blurb.

Yes, birth could be a problem. I'm surprised you didn't bring up how he was conceived, that would also be a bit of a stretch!

However, we really don't know how whaleca genes would work. It could be that they are born much smaller than a blue calf, and grow quickly. That might explain how he was able to be raised in the pod for his youth (before being kicked out)... the podmothers just thought he was a rather large and funny looking calf until he started to outgrow them all. Early growth tends to be logarithmic, so I am not sure if a straight up average would be the right way to determine the size of a crossbred newborn. Since this is the only whaleca, and he doesn't remember how big he was, I guess we'll never know!

Either that, or mom was swimming funny for quite a while! After all, this is an impossible genetic combination, we might as well have fun imagining other impossible-but-fun things.
5 years, 5 months ago
Plus, these are mostly based on what is known and we don't know much about the blue whale. Most of the baby blues observed were in the wild and the birth of one has never been seen. Quin could be the result of a pygmy blue whale and an orca, but pygmy blues are harder to find and adults are around 24 meters long on average. And yes sex would be difficult for between a female orca and a male blue. Quin still looks cool though.
5 years, 5 months ago
Nice design! Thanks for putting in the effort and sharing :)
5 years, 5 months ago
Dawwwwwwwwwww <3 good ol' Quin, the big lovely whaleca he is.
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