A friendly, cartoon-styled whale, shown spouting water from its blowhole. Generally depicted as a light-blue whale in full profile facing left, with a round body and white underside, its tail held upright.
Often used with an affectionate tone. Not to be confused with the more lifelike 🐋 Whale, though their applications may overlap.
WhatsApp’s whale is gray, as Microsoft and Facebook’s whales previously were. Twitter’s whale was previously purple.
Spouting Whale was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.