Blue Whale
Balaenoptera musculus musculus - the largest animal that lived on Old Earth, the baseline blue whale was, like all the Mysticeti, a gentle plankton feeder that fed on krill and small fish and attained a length of over 30 meters and a weights of around 150,000 kg. They were hunted to extinction by the whaling nations during the Atomic and early Information Age. A wealth of evidence suggests that the species has been lazurogened by GAIA, certainly there must have been baseline blue whales to serve as a template for the provolve species

Balaenoptera musculus sapiens - the provolved subspecies (and not a distinct species as originally claimed) was first identified during the late Federation period. It appears to differ from the baseline form primarily in the sapient-augmented brain and large number of symbiotic bionanite implants. Like other provolved cetacea, B. m. sapiens is a capable ship pilot and efficient interstellar artisan and trader. The vast size of their ships - too big to fit through any but the very largest stargates - mean that they are relativists. Apart from the spacers, most Neo Blue Whales live on Oro Mistral (Ahag-III), although a sizable population is found on Pacifica. After six thousand years of evolution the two forms seem to be racially distinct. Neo Blue Whale culture involves a rich repertoire of songs and audiovibratory sonar art; it is for the most part unintelligible to sub-singularity non-cetacea
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 08 October 2001.