Dwarfing the Earth Spacedock, this unknown cigar-shaped probe came to Earth in order to contact members of the long-extinct humpback whale species in the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Everything in its proximity is drained of power and the sheer amount of energy contained in the broadcast began to vaporize Earth’s oceans and ionize the atmosphere.

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It is one of the largest vessels ever encountered by Starfleet, measuring at roughly seventy kilometers (43 miles) long.

“Most unusual; an unknown form of energy of great power and intelligence, evidently unaware that its transmissions are disruptive.”

– Spock talking about the probe, 2286 (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

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The Whale Probe in Star Trek IV: Voyage Home (1986)

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