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In Inuit mythology, Akhlut is an orca spirit that takes the form of a gigantic wolf or a wolf-orca hybrid when on land.[1][2]


It is a vicious, dangerous beast that ventured onto land in order to hunt humans and other animals.[1][3] 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.[2] Often, dogs seen walking to the ocean and/or into it are considered evil. Little is known of this spirit other than that it changes from an orca to a wolf when hungry. Not many myths relate to it.[4]

Popular culture[edit]

  • The Akhlut is featured in Disco Zoo. It is featured in the Ice Age exhibit's mythical creature spot.
  • In Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf, the Whalewolf is similar in appearance to the Akhlut.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog (comics) series published by Archie Comics, there is a character named Akhlut who worked as one of Dr. Eggman's generals. Before the reboot of the comic's storyline, he was a normal-looking orca, albeit a cyborg with psychic abilities. After the reboot, Akhlut was a more traditional Mobian orca. In both cases, Akhlut was just as vicious as the mythological one.


  1. ^ a b Scott Francis (11 July 2007). "The Akhlut". Monster Spotter's Guide to North America. F+W Media. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4403-0312-8. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Carol Rose (2001). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. W. W. Norton. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-393-32211-8. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. ^ Facts On File, Incorporated (2010). Native American Mythology A to Z. Infobase Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-4381-3311-9. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  4. ^ Stookey, Lorena Laura (2004). Thematic Guide to World Mythology. Greenwood Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-313-31505-3.