more recently, individuals have adopted one or more totem creatures as their own spirit guides. a disclaimer -- i do not subscribe to most new age "spirituality", finding it to be mostly smoke and mirrors designed to enrich a few individuals at the expense of the gullible or emotionally needy. even so, i pay attention to those people, animals and plants which draw me to them, for whatever reason -- aesthetics, perceived positive qualities, or personal values. here is a representative sampling of my totem creatures.
wolf -- land predator, family groups (packs).
tiger -- land predator, solitary except during mating.
orca -- sea predator, family groups (pods).
peregrine falcon -- predator, stoops (dives) at speeds up to 240 mph.
hummingbird -- nectivore, can hover or fly backward, wingspeed 12-90 beats per second.
dragonfly -- preditor to other insects.
ladybug -- predator to smaller insects or larvae.
sea horse -- predator to shrimp and plankton. the male receives the female's eggs in his pouch, where he fertilizes them and carries/protects them until they hatch as free-swimming young.