LeoGlossary: Whale

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A whale is a large, aquatic mammal that belongs to the order Cetacea. There are over 80 different species, which can be divided into two main categories: toothed whales (also known as odontocetes) and baleen whales (also known as mysticetes).

Toothed whales are the largest predators on Earth and are characterized by their distinctive teeth and predatory behavior. They include species such as the orca (also known as the killer whale), the sperm whale, and the dolphin. Toothed whales are found in all the world's oceans and are known for their intelligence, social behavior, and distinctive clicks and whistles, which they use for communication and echolocation.

Baleen whales, on the other hand, are characterized by their large size and the presence of baleen plates in their mouths, which they use to filter small fish and plankton from the water. They include species such as the blue, humpback, and gray whale. Baleen whales are also found in all the world's oceans and are known for their massive size, long migrations, and haunting songs, which they use for communication and mating.

Whales play a crucial role in the marine ecosystem and are a vital part of many coastal communities. They are not only important for their ecological role, but also for their cultural and economic significance. However, many whale species are threatened by human activities such as hunting and habitat destruction, which makes conservation efforts essential for their survival.

Whales, those gentle giants of the deep, are truly awe-inspiring creatures. They aren't fish, as many believe, but rather warm-blooded, air-breathing mammals that have adapted to a fully aquatic life.

Here's a closer look at these fascinating beings:

Key Characteristics:

  • Mammals: They share key traits with other mammals, like giving birth to live young, nursing them with milk, and having hair (though typically very fine and sparse).
  • Aquatic Adaptation: Their bodies are perfectly streamlined for swimming, with flippers instead of limbs, a powerful tail fluke for propulsion, and smooth skin for minimizing drag.
  • Baleen or Toothed: Two main groups exist: Baleen whales, who use filter feeders made of keratin plates (baleen) to strain plankton and small fish from the water, and Toothed whales, who hunt their prey using teeth.
  • Size and Diversity: Whales come in various sizes, from the diminutive dwarf sperm whale, measuring around 2.5 meters, to the colossal blue whale, reaching up to 30 meters and weighing over 200 metric tons. There are over 80 recognized species, each with unique characteristics and ecological roles.

Life in the Ocean:

  • Social Structures: Some whales, like orcas and humpback whales, live in complex social groups with strong bonds and sophisticated communication strategies. Others, like sperm whales, lead more solitary lives.
  • Communication: They use a variety of vocalizations to communicate, including clicks, whistles, and moans, which can travel long distances underwater. These sounds serve for navigation, finding mates, and coordinating with their fellow whales.
  • Feeding Strategies: From the filter-feeding giants like blue whales to the agile hunters like dolphins and orcas, each whale species has evolved specialized feeding strategies to thrive in their chosen habitats.
  • Threats and Conservation: Sadly, whales face various threats, including entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, habitat degradation, and pollution. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect these magnificent creatures and ensure their future in our oceans.

In Finance

A whale is an individual who owns a lot of an asset, typically a stock. With the introduction of cryptocurrency, this was adopted to an even greater degree.

The key is that a whale can influence the price of the asset due to the size of the holdings. This is based upon the ownership as a percentage of the whole. It means there is no standard for a whale across different companies (stocks) or cryptocurrency.

Some whales in the stock market are:

When either of these starts to sell some of their holdings, the market reacts negatively.

For bitcoin, a whale holds a minimum of 1,000 coins.


Cryptocurrency was the rise of the whales.

The reason for this is due to the fact that so many new assets were created, all in a relatively short period of time.

It is also a system outside Wall Street meaning that the assets were brought to market without going through financial institutions. In the TradFi, the whales tend to be venture capital (VC) firms, founders, and brokerage firms or hedge funds who are given stakes before the company goes public.

With cryptocurrency, the founders tend to be whales. This sheer number of projects that came out have created a large number of whales in total.

The Satoshi Nakamoto wallets are the best example of a whale. Even though Nakamoto is anonymous, the coins in the wallet are available for all to see. This bitcoin was acquired through the early mining process. Whoever has the keys could seriously affect the market.

investors And Whales

Investors pay close attention to whales for a number of reasons.

The first is their impact upon liquidity. When a large portion of the coins or tokens is sitting in a wallet, it is not on the open market even though it is still in the circulating supply.

Whales have the ability to add a lot to or remove a great number of coins from the market. The same is true if a large shareholder is in a buy and hold mode. Warren Buffett is known for taking large positions and holding the stock for a long time.

Another reason for investors to watch the whales is their impact on price. When they add or remove a portion of liquidity, that tends to be reflected by the market in the price. Investors will often try to jump ahead of whales to enjoy the leverage provided by their massive moves.


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