Other whale-dolphin hybrids seen in the past included cross species of bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale named wholphin
and a hybrid of a beluga whale and a narwhal, dubbed narluga.
of a real-life mythological beast, is the wholphin, which Baino
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He has helped create the journal Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern; The Believer magazine; the quarterly DVD magazine Wholphin
; the publishing house McSweeney's Books (where he often self-publishes the hardback editions of his novels); 826 National, a network of tutoring centers for the underprivileged; and a number of nonprofit philanthropies.
In 1986, a 14-foot long male false killer whale and a six-foot long female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at Honolulu's Sea Life Park Hawaii became the proud parents of Kekaimalu, the first "wholphin
" ever born in captivity.
The unnamed wholphin
is one-quarter false killer whale and three-quarter Atlantic bottle nose dolphin.
Case in point: When a 400-pound Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and a 4,000-pound false killer whale mated off the coast of Hawaii, their wholphin
offspring died at age 5, decades younger than the average 40- to 50-year life span of its parents.