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“A phylogenetic blueprint for a modern whale (Balaenoptera musculus). The topology traces the inferred evolutionary history of an extant cetacean based on results summarized in Figs. 7–9 and Table 1. Changes extend back to the base of Artiodactyla (A–D). The long sequence of character transformations on the stem lineage to crown Cetacea (branches E–O), on the stem lineage to crown Mysticeti (branches a–f), and within crown Mysticeti (branches g–h) has culminated in the extant blue whale. A
In Inuit mythology, Akhlut is an orca spirit that takes the form of a gigantic wolf or a wolf-orca hybrid when on land. It is a vicious, dangerous beast that ventured onto land in order to hunt humans and other animals. Its tracks can be recognized because they are wolf tracks that lead to and from the ocean, indicating that the creature is waiting for prey under the water nearby. Little is known of this spirit and not many myths relate to it.