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Cachalot
Cachalot
Author: Alan Dean Foster
A guilt-ridden Earth had turned Cachalot over to the few surviving cetaceans as a perpetual refuge -- a planet whose surface was one great ocean, where the remnants of the whales, porpoises, and dolphins could pursue their lives and perhaps even the development of an intelligence greater than man's. — Humans on Cachalot were strictly confined...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345280664
ISBN-10: 0345280660
Publication Date: 4/12/1980
Pages: 275
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3.7 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Cachalot, November 11, 2000
Reviewer: "harmoniousrage" (TX, USA)
Cachalot is set far in the future in a time when humans have for the most part mended thier ways and are trying to be a more patronly race than they had been in the past. The story takes place on Cachalot, a waterworld when the Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) of old earth have been given a new home. These magnificent creatures have been discovered to be intelligent and a weak truce has been forge between the humans and the whales. The Cetaceans still feel jilted and angry at the humans for the way they had been treated in the past, and old wounds still run deep.
When the whales begin attacking ships and port-towns, several investigators are called in to discover why the attacks are happening after so many years of peace.

What they find is something unprecedented and bizzare.

Cachelot was the first Foster novel I ever read and it made me a big fan of his. It is a truly unique story, told through many different eyes. I'd definitely recommend it to Foster fans and those who've never read him.
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