The Southern Ocean
The waters bordering Antarctica, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and Southern Australia have a wide array of strange and aggressive creatures.
Marakihau are common southern whales which are related to the Bottlenose Whale, they most commonly breed in New Zealand waters, the Maori hold them in some significance. They are deep-diving suction feeders, which have large muscular lips and a tongue which can fold into a tubular shape to suck in prey. 18 meters, 23 tons. Ziphiidae.
The Deception Bay Serpent is common along the southern and south-eastern coats of Australia, being an archaic whale that feeds on slow-swimming invertebrates and fish. Its short face and knobbly skin are distinctive. 8 meters long, 9 tons. Basilosauridae.
Ningen are infamous creatures of ill omen to whalers, who view it as a vengeful whale-spirit. These whales are most often pure white, and are found mainly in Antarctic and subantarctic waters. When viewed near the surface they appear as a ghostly white shadow upon the darker waters below. 22 meters long, 35 tons. Balaenopteridae, very similar to Megaptera.
Southern Narwhals are in fact neither tusked nor true narwhals. They are a large porpoise which have a sword-like projection coming from their chin, which allows them to feed on bottom-dwelling prey. 3.5 meters long, 1.7 tons. Phocoenidae.
Camahueto are large archaic ungulates which are amphibious. Found exclusively along the coasts of Argentina, south to the Falklands, they inhabit coastal waters and estuaries, feeding on aquatic plants such as reeds, kelp and seaweed. The cranial horn is larger in males, and can be used defensively. 3 meters long, 2.5 tons. Toxodontidae.
Giglioli’s whale is a type of smallish baleen whale which is common in the waters off southern South America. They are notable for having 2 large dorsal fins which give a distinctive profile. They are mainly solitary, and wary of boats, which they usually flee. 18 meters long, 19 tons. Cetotheriidae.