Sea Creatures The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with fish or other aquatic animals in their names.

When it comes to animal band names, some of the most popular choices seem to come from water. There are a ton of great bands named after sea animals. When you stop and really think about it, you’ll find a lot of bands took their name from fish, turtles, eels, oysters, and whales.

Sea animal bands include a lot of fish. The spellings may vary slightly – Phish, anyone? – but they all count. You also have Reel Big Fish, Fishbone, Jellyfish, Country Joe and the Fish, and School of Fish. There is no shortage of bands with fish in their name. And there are specific fish represented on this list, including Hot Tuna, Lake Trout, Leftover Salmon, and Hootie & the Blowfish. Basically, it’s a sushi spectacular.

But this list encompasses way more than just fish band names. Whales are incredibly popular when it comes to bands named after a sea animal. Examples include Freelance Whales, Noah and the Whale, and Said the Whale. And don’t forget The Wailers. Despite the spelling, Bob Marley’s iconic band makes an appearance here.

From The Coral Reefer Band to Blue Oyster Cult, these are some of the best seal animal band names, so vote for your favorites!

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16 4
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

2
16 10
Phish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

3
7 7
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
6 6
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

5
5 5
The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Pop music, Ska, Rock music

6
4 4
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

7
4 4
Oysterhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

8
5 7
Eels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

9
5 7
Great White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

10
4 6
Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues

11
2 4
Oysterband is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Electric folk, Folk rock, Folk punk

12
5 8
The Coral Reefer Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
The Coral Reefer Band Rock music, Gulf music, Pop music

13
3 6
Bear vs. Shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Punk rock, Indie rock, Post-hardcore

14
3 6
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Pop music, Power pop, Indie rock

15
3 6
Sea Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Alternative rock, Indie folk, Indie rock

16
3 6
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

17
2 5
The Electric Eels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Punk rock

18
2 5
Prairie Oyster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Country

19
1 4
Leftover Salmon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Rock music, Cajun music, Bluegrass

20
1 4
Lake Trout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Lake Trout Rock music, Post-rock, Ambient music

21
1 5
Swimming With Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Swimming With Dolphins Synthpop, Electronica

22
1 5
Freelance Whales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Pop music, Pop rock, Indie rock

23
1 5
Noah and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

24
1 5
Les Claypool and the Holy Mack... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel Alternative metal, Rock music, Progressive rock

25
1 5
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Jangle pop, Alternative rock

26
1 5
Shark Island is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
1 5
The Sea Hags is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
1 6
The Coral Sea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Indie, Rock music, Art rock

29
1 6
King Prawn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Hip hop music, Ska punk, Reggae

30
1 6
The Octopus Project is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Indie pop, Indie, Pop music

31
1 6
Hello Seahorse! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Synthpop, Indie, Pop rock

32
0 4
The Coral is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Country pop

33
0 4
Whale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Alternative rock

34
0 4
Said the Whale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Said the Whale Rock music, Acoustic music, Indie rock

35
0 4
Seabear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Indie pop, Indie folk

36
0 5
Blakfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Mathcore, Math rock

37
0 5
Or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Sea Animals
Or, The Whale Americana, Country rock, Country