Ocean Totems share two characteristics: water element and salt. Water energies invoke flow and emotion. Natural sea salt is used to bring out flavors in the foods we eat and can also be used as a healing agent in mouth gargles and saline washes.
The magnificent whale totem teaches the beauty of song and breath. The whale comes up for air from the depths of the ocean. As a totem the whale asks you to come out of your shell, not only to come to the surface, but to forcefully display joy and exuberance. When the whale breaches it creates a significant splash. When whale totem appears it may very well be a sign that it is your time to shine.
Dolphins as totems teach the importance of deep breathing and sound healing. Other teachings include exploration and play. The dolphin, a mammal of the sea requires air to breathe, yet lives underneath in the water. It must come up for air to survive. When dolphin appears ask yourself if you are holding your breath, do you need to come up for air?
The transparency of the jellyfish teaches the inner source within each of us. We have an enormous amount of power within us to draw upon. We can turn on the light even in the depths of darkness through the wisdom the jellyfish. It often shows up just when you believe there is no hope left.
The stingray often shows itself as a totem to anyone who has enhanced "feeling" senses. It is the stingray's natural electrical sensors that alerts it to potential dangers. When the stingray appears it could be a sign that you need to become more aware of your surroundings. Look around and see if you're missing something obvious.