In the late 24th century, two Takaya's whales were part of the crew of Federation Galaxy-class starships. They were guidance and navigation specialists, and supervised a consultation crew of twelve Atlantic and Pacific bottlenose dolphins in cetacean ops and the cetacean navigation labs. (TNG references: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, Star Trek: The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints)
|Earth cetacean species|
|Baleen whales||blue whale • fin whale • gray whale • humpback whale • minke whale • right whale • sei whale|
|Toothed whales||Atlantic bottlenose dolphin • Baird's beaked whale • Cuvier's beaked whale • pilot whale • orca • Pacific bottlenose dolphin • pygmy sperm whale • sperm whale • Takaya's whale|
- The idea of "Takaya's whale" most likely from the popular Japanese anime series Aim for the Top!!, better known as Gunbuster, where, in the series' fifth episode, the battleship Excelion is shown with a compliment of dolphin navigators. The animal is most likely named after the series' main protagonist, Noriko Takaya.