Artwork of the Wind Fish
|Appears in||Link's Awakening (1993)|
The Wind Fish is, despite its name, a large whale that sleeps inside an egg on the top of Mt. Tamaranch on Koholint Island. Early in Link's adventure, after he is Shipwrecked and finds himself on the island in the care of Marin, an Owl tells him that the only way to leave the island is to wake the Wind Fish by gathering the Instruments of the Sirens. Later, at the Ancient Ruins, Link discovers that this is because the island is the Wind Fish's dream. Nightmare, beings of evil, yearn to stop Link from ever waking the Wind Fish, thus keeping the island in control of Nightmare.
Eventually, Link gathers the Instruments and plays the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" in front of the egg, opening it. After Link fights Nightmare inside the egg, the Wind Fish appears and tells Link of how it had dreamed of the island, and, due to his awakening, it must disappear. However, he also tells him that the island will continue to exist in Link's memories. Both Link and the Wind Fish then awaken, with Link finding himself floating on the wreckage of his ship and seeing the Wind Fish flying overhead.
There was some speculation that the Wind Fish has some connection to the Ocean King, as both are massive whales who also created their own worlds (in the case of the Ocean King, the World of the Ocean King), as well as being implied to produce avatars to help Link in his quest to free his realm (in the case of the Ocean King, Oshus).
There is also a possibility that the Wind Fish is connected to Levias, as both are flying mystical whale-like creatures with a strong tie to magical songs.