A few days ago, I made this poll and asked people to participate. The poll has enough of a sample size(50 people, though only up to 45 actually voted at all) that I think we can analyze it.
Credit to u/THE_Lexl for this spreadsheet and also this spreadsheet
And some tier lists(one doesnt have an F tier so ye) all sorted by different things. Not in any paticular order as there is no way croc is better then orca
Looking at the results, here is what the community thinks about each animal. These do not reflect my actual opinions.
Shark:A tier. Most people thought it was S, A, or B. 10 thought it was S or B and 20 thought it was A. I suppose this makes sense because, well, it can deal 270 damage with a single boost and has decent HP too.
Whale Shark:The spreadsheet says D but I'm not entirely sure how means was calculated as it appears the majority voted C. Makes sense either way - its great at headtanks and 1v1 but it can't deal with teams or catch prey. Its also interesting how moderate the responses are. Its the only animal to get no votes in S AND no votes in F
Orca:Got into S tier, though plenty of people thought it was A. Interesting that even after the nerf, people still think its the meta, possibly because of its versatile grappling ability.
Whale:Most people thought it was B, which is fair considering its a tank and cant deal with teams but it also teams well and doesnt suffer from the "impossible to catch prey" problems most tanks do thanks to whalepoolers.
Marlin:A tier, with some also saying S and B. I suppose its a very good skirmisher, able to inflict bleed and move at Mach 3 with its breach ability, but it's limited by low HP and damage.
Stonefish:C tier. Very controversial. Stonefish can get away really easily, but it can't actually kill much due to bad stats.
Sunfish:F tier. Like, it can't catch prey, and while it can headtank anything without AP, anything with AP other then stonefish maybe can easily kill it, especially if it strays from the surface. A couple people thought it was viable, but it just isn't.
Tiger Shark:B tier. People underestimate tiger shark's mid tier killing abilities, with decent stats and stealth, though it did get indirectly nerfed with its main prey(sea turtles) getting buffed and beaver dens being removed.
Cachalot:D tier. It can headtank and go into lots of biomes, but thats about it. It can't catch prey, its island hopping got nerfed, and its outclassed by whale and whaleshark. Controversial, oddly, maybe the whale-cachers disagree.
GSquid:Almost everyone agreed it was at least A tier, and it clocked in at S. It's only competition is the sleeper and while it has a high skill cap, it can drag people to the deep so quickly they wont know what happened.
Sleeper:Sleeper is A, probably because it gets both grapple and stun, two of the most abusable abilities in deep. Lots of people thought it was either S or B, so it averages out
Goblin Shark:Poor goblin shark got F tier. Nobody thought it was S tier. The only other animals to have this curse are sawfish, whale shark, and walrus. Plenty of people thought it was C and D too.
Polar Bear:Very controversial B tier. It has a good ability with both stun and bleed in a projectile, but cant deal with teams and cant boost
EleSeal:B tier. This is quite honestly the most basic animal out there, with two passive abilities, one of which is situational and the other just increases damage when you lose HP.
Walrus:F tier. It just gets bullied by grapplers and its ability is easily dodgeable. Needs a buff.
Humpback:B tier. High skill cap and hard to understand but it has stun and healing so y'know.
Crocodile:I was surprised to see that it was S tier. It can do massive damage with its grab, even though it has 2 boosts, and it has armor AND armor pen
Hippo:People were polarized between B and D, so it got C. I suppose its good in 1v1 and in enclosed spaces but its useless in an FFA enviroment.
Anaconda:Got a D, probably because its ability only works on noobs, though plenty ranked it higher.
AST:A tier. It can basically delete people with a fully charged boost and has armor, AP, and damage reflection, but its the slowest animal in the game
Softshell:C, its basically a better sunfish with the ability to recover boosts in its shell and it's also generally more mobile
Gar:A+, as it was nearly unanimus that its at least A tier, some saying S. It has 10 more damage with its boost then shark and has armor and AP.
Sawfish:It got a C, which i highly doubt is accurate considering its ability isnt all that useful and it has bad stats but I'm trying to stay unbiased here.
Basking Shark:B tier. It's ability is only really useful against pirahnas and idiot teams but its an ungrabbable tank with armor and boosts, so yeah I'd say its alright.
Thresher:With the 2nd most IDK votes(the first being manta ray) its clear people dont understand this animal well. Lexl thinks its because its an unappealing animal. Anyway, it got a D.
Torpedo:The most votes on any one tier on any one animal, 31 people believed torpedo was S tier, therefore its ranked S. I mean, just look at this. Slow aura, stun, and burrow? Ridiculous.
CSquid:Not many votes on this, as plenty of people dont understand it. It ended up getting a B. I dont understand it much myself, so I'll just take people's word for it.
Coco Crab:Most people thought it S or A, so it averaged out at S. It has the monopoly on land combat and they often gather in massive teams.
Moray Eel:A solid animal, with medicore facetanking stats and a wonky grappling ability but a speed boost and the ability to inflict bleed with a boost. Majority thought A.
Manta Ray:8 people didnt know, so its obviously a confusing animal. There are so many combos its hard to know how good manta is. In the end, it got a C.
Leatherback:Nearly everyone thought A, so yeah A. Hard to kill and hard to die to, the leatherback makes a decent tank
"yeah, you should totally note how extreme this communities opinions are, all animals without exceptions either have 0-3, 5 or >9 F Tier votes" -Lexl
To follow up on that, it seems to me that there might be some bias about. Most animals had at least 1 person say S and 1 say F. Lets take a look at the animals that nobody thought was OP or garbage/
Animals nobody said S for:Walrus, goblin, thresher, whale shark
Animals nobody said F for:Torpedo, coco crab, alligar, gw shark, leatherback, basking shark, whale shark
All of this is of February 10, 2020.
I had to sift through 33 animals worth of data, so I almost certainly missed out on a lot of cool observations. Put your observations in the comments and I'll edit them in