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The Glow Whale is a passive leviathan class fauna species of Subnautica: Below Zero.

Appearance

The Glow Whale is huge and whale-like in form, with the body ending in a fluked tail. Its eyes have yellow irises and large black pupils. Each eye has a pill-shaped photophore directly in front of it. Atop the head a pair of translucent blue "horns" can be seen.

The body displays countershading, with the dorsal side being grayish blue and the ventral side light blue. Well defined ridges are visible on the dorsal side. These run along the sides of its body from the head to the lower back, which is covered in white spots.

On either side of the Glow Whale, two huge, sail-like flippers extend diagonally upwards. The flippers have a dark blue top side and a slightly reflective underside, brown in colour with small glowing orange spots. At the tip of each flipper a small pod is attached by a long tendril. On the underside of the pod is a teardrop-shaped photophore. On the ventral side of the body, directly below each of the flippers is a far smaller fin. Barnacles and vegetation seem to thrive on various parts of the creature's body.

Behavior

Glow Whales move very slowly in large, open ocean with other Glow Whales. They can be seen doing deep dives with other whales, as well as periodically breaching the surface. They are often seen performing large gulps to consume Shoals of Fish.

The player can interact with Glow Whales by riding on its back or petting it near the eye.

Data Bank Entry

Glow Whale
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Glow Whale Ency
Source: Scan Glow Whales

Design

The Glow Whale appears to have convergently evolved with the baleen whales of Earth, sharing a very similar morphology and feeding behaviour. Though it lacks baleen plates entirely, it shares the longitudinal ridges possessed by rorquals along the ventral side of the body. Which allow for the body to expand when feeding. The spotted and ridged back of the Glow Whale is extremely similar in appearance to the backs of whale sharks, the largest fish on Earth.

Sounds

File Type
Sfx creature glowwhale attach 01
Attach
Sfx creature glowwhale breach in 01
Breach in
Sfx creature glowwhale breach out 01
Breach out
Sfx creature glowwhale call 01
Call 1
Sfx creature glowwhale call 02
Call 2
Sfx creature glowwhale call 03
Call 3
Sfx creature glowwhale call 04
Call 4
Sfx creature glowwhale call 05
Call 5
Sfx creature glowwhale call 06
Call 6
Sfx creature glowwhale eyeinteraction 01
Eye interaction
Sfx creature glowwhale gulp 01
Gulp
Sfx creature glowwhale surfacebreath 01
Surface breath
Sfx creature glowwhale surfaceswim 01
Surface swim
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 01
Fast swim 1
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 02
Fast swim 2
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 03
Fast swim 3
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 04
Fast swim 4
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 05
Fast swim 5
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 06
Fast swim 6
Sfx creature glowwhale swim fast 07
Fast swim 7
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 01
Slow swim 1
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 02
Slow swim 2
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 03
Slow swim 3
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 04
Slow swim 4
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 05
Slow swim 5
Sfx creature glowwhale swim slow 06
Slow swim 6


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Trivia

  • It was designed by Pat Presley during pre-production for Subnautica but never got past the concept phase. It has since been repurposed for Below Zero.
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