Depictions of Dogfish feature high, domed heads, that actually represent the snout; sharp, triangular teeth in a large, downturned mouth; parallel lines representing gills in the cheeks; large, round eyes with elliptical pupils; prominent spines; and large, asymmetrical tail flukes. The Dogfish represents leadership. It is a symbol of persistence and strength. The Dogfish is feared for its fierceness and possesses solitary characters such as bravery and uniqueness.
Throughout the Northwest Coast, frogs are closely associated with the power of transformation and are the primary spirit helpers of shamans. For this reason, frogs can often be seen emerging from the ears or mouths of creatures that have both human and animal elements. In Northwest Coast mythology the divisions between humans and animals are not clearly defined. Ancestral stories often speak of supernatural beings assuming different forms.