Cetacean needed

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From Philip Taylor:

A nice pun on Wikipedia’s ubiquitous "citation needed"

Wikipedia's list of cetaceans, which reads (in part):

Tamanend's bottlenose dolphin Tursiops erebennus
Cope, 1865
NE Unknown     [cetacean needed]

Lovely pun indeed!

Tamanend's bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops erebennus) is a species of bottlenose dolphin that inhabits coastal waters in the eastern United States. This species was previously considered a nearshore variant of the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus.


Tamanend's bottlenose dolphin does indeed belong to the Infraorder Cetacea.

Selected readings



  1. Benjamin E. Orsatti said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 6:55 am

    Puns are the highest form of humor; pay no attention to the troglodytes who hold otherwise.

  2. James Crippen said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 7:13 am

    If you scroll further down in the lists, that article has the same “cetacean needed” for all other entries that lack pictures.

  3. Tom Ace said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 10:57 am

    The pun is too good to be a coincidence. It's there on porpoise.

  4. Jarek Weckwerth said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 11:57 am

    @ Tom Ace: Of course this calls for some Norm McDonald:

  5. Roscoe said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 12:03 pm

    Or Peter Schickele:


  6. KevinM said,

    March 28, 2024 @ 1:11 pm

    Or the notorious "citizen birds" case. (Hint: they were parrots.) https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-byrnes-2

  7. unekdoud said,

    March 29, 2024 @ 4:11 am

    xkcd's What If? had a cetacean pun on one of its [citation needed] links:

  8. Francois Lang said,

    March 29, 2024 @ 10:15 am

    Clearly, a whale of a joke.

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