Bootup the whale is a minor character of Wabanaki folklore associated with the culture
hero Glooskap, who often
rides on Bootup's back when traveling by sea (illustrating Glooskap's giant stature.)
In some stories Glooskap repays Bootup's service by giving the whale his pipe, which is the
origin of the spray that comes from the blowholes of whales. Bootup
is male in some legends, female in others, and has unspecified gender most of the time.