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Whaletail Island is an island territory of the Air Nomads situated on the South Sea, off the southwestern coast of the Earth Kingdom and north of the Southern Air Temple. The island gets its name from its distinctive shape, which resembles a whale's tail. Water Tribe sailing lore claims that whales can never be found anywhere near the island because they believe it to be the tail of the largest whale on Earth.[1]


Monk Tang Xu of the Air Nomads meditated without food on the island for at least 98 days and did so, according to Tenzin, by taking nourishment from the spiritual energy of the universe.[2]

Sometime during the Hundred Year War, Hakoda encountered two Fire Nation guards on Whaletail Island and nearly broke his neck trying to escape them. He only managed to flee the scene safely when Gilak intervened, as it was only through their combined efforts that they were able to defeat the guards.[3]

When Aang and his friends were searching for Appa in Ba Sing Se, they were led to an old stable where Appa had reportedly been held. Wanting the Avatar to leave the city, the Dai Li had secretly installed one of their agents as a janitor at the stable. He mentioned to Aang in an offhand way that the bison had been taken to Whaletail Island, which would take many weeks to reach from Ba Sing Se. However, Team Avatar later realized this was a ploy, and did not leave for Whaletail Island.[4]

During the summer of 100 AG, the Southern Raiders were on patrol near Whaletail Island. Their position was recorded at a communications tower, which Katara and Zuko used to determine the whereabouts of the Southern Raiders commander.[5]


  • Whaletail Island and the Northern Air Temple were the only known Air Nomad territories that were inhabited around 100 AG.


  1. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang.
  2. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director). (July 18, 2014). "Original Airbenders". The Legend of Korra. Book Three: Change. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). North and South Part Two (January 25, 2017), Dark Horse Comics.
  4. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (November 6, 2006). "Lake Laogai". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  5. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 17, 2008). "The Southern Raiders". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.