~ Anti-whaling voice from Japan ~


Fantastic Adventure of Whales like "Watership Down"
Whales' Ocean

Published by Hyoron-sha 1995, Japan
Online version awarded the best online novel prize 2006 SF fan convention in Japan

I'm looking for a translator and a publisher or an agent for the English version!!


The sequel of "Whales' Ocean"
Whales' Ocean - the next age -

The theme of the sequel is The Great East Japan Earthquake, the nuclear accident at Fukushima and US Military Baces in Okinawa.

only in Japanese

- Outline -

  Claire is a 15 year old minke whale and a devoted mother of her twin children. She is busy bringing up her twins in the Fertile Sea of the Antarctic. One day she loses her twin boy, Joy, when an unknown group of killer whales abduct him. Unable to get much help from her group, she makes up her mind to set off on a long journey to search for her son by herself.
  Three member whales of the fellowship came together with Claire's journey: Cherokee, a coward humpback; Douglas, an aged historian blue whale; and Jansen, a blunt yet strong sperm whale. During her long hazardous journey she meets some interesting dolphins and whales. They never foresee at the onset while they are suddenly attacked by the abductors or get involved in other unexpected events.
  The journey of twenty thousand miles long, begining at the Antarctic Sea and reaching across the equator to the north Pacific Ocean, ends in an unknown ocean they have never seen.
  What surprises are lying in wait for them?
  Can she find and get her lovely son back safely?

- Main Characters -
name race sex age
Claire Minke Whale female 15 The heroin of this story. The devoted mother of twins.
Joey Minke Whale male  0 Claire's son. Lily's twin brother.
Lily Minke Whale female  0 Claire's daughter. Joey's twin sister.
Rex Minke Whale male 20 Claire's husband. The father of twins.
Anne Minke Whale female 16 Claire's friend.
Maurine Minke Whale female 31 "Chief Governor" of Claire's "District".
Fieble Minke Whale male 19 "Narrator of the Future" of Claire's "District".
Margoria Minke Whale female 60 "Narrator of the Past" of Claire's "District".
Cherokee Humpback Whale male 11 A young, bubbly would-be "Vocalist".
Douglas Blue Whale male 72 An elder "Historian".
Jansen Cachalot Whale male 35 A fickle lone wolf.
Mel Minke Whale female  0 Prisoner child same as Joey.
Sharon Orca female 17 "Apprentice Governor" of North Vancouver "District" of Orca.
Dick Cachalot Whale male Albino. The character in the legend of Cachalot.
Dokugan Neo Orca male The commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
Sakahire Neo Orca male The vice commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
Mitsumata Neo Orca male The asistant commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
Rangui Neo Orca male A stupid member of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
"Doom Foreseer" ? male The sperior of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
"The Highness of Whale Oil Barrel" ? male The highest sperior of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.
- Table of Contents -
Volume I Volume II

Prologue: Birth of Twin Whales

Part 1: Antarctic Ocean
  1. Fertile Sea
  2. Searching for Lost Son
  3. Assembly
  4. Prophecy
  5. Tale of Six Brother Whales
  6. Claire's Decision
  7. Floating Rock
  8. Testimony of Dolphin

Part 2: South Pacific Ocean
  9. Storm Zone
  10. Heartbroken Humpback
  11. Singing Contest
  12. Death Wall
  13. Cherokee's Hometown
  14. Negotiation with Shearwater
  15. Tale of Flying Whale
  16. Abductors
  17. Hidden Relic in South Sea
  18. Loud Noise
  19. Aged Blue
  20. Lost Paradise
  21. Triangular Fangs
  22. Capricious Cachalot

Part 3: Northeast Pacific Ocean
  23. Across the Equator
  24. Dolphin Rescue Mission
  25. Watching
  26. Contract between Cachalot and Squid
  27. Furless Seal
  28. Welcome by Orca
  29. Salmon Fishing

Part 3: Northeast Pacific Ocean (continued from Volume I)
  30. Noble Hearts
  31. Rubbing Beach
  32. Super Pod
  33. Douglas's Memories
  34. Moby-Dick, I
  35. Groaning Sea
  36. Banquet at North Sea

Part 4: Northwest Pacific Ocean
  37. Mono-Ceti
  38. Claire in Crisis
  39. Disastrous Islands
  40. Marine Snows
  41. Spirit of Death
  42. Bloody Cove
  43. Moby-Dick, II
  44. Moby-Dick, III
  45. Dream
  46. Creation by Meta-Ceti
  47. Reception
  48. Icon of Death
  49. The King
  50. Showdown; Jansen vs. Moby-Dick
  51. Desperate Situation
  52. Bonds

Epilogue: Toward Whales' Ocean
- Part I: The Antarctic Sea, Chapter 3: Assembly (an Excerpt) -

  ..."Now, all of you in the audience are invited to voice your opinions. Please step forward if you'd like to speak with the Governor."
  The program director yelled at the audience.
  Those who came just to observe moved back to the outer circle, while those who wanted to make some requests came forward to the front. The speakers were picked one by one clockwise, just like whirlpools that form in the Southern Hemisphere. The first speaker, an elderly male, swam halfway in front.
Illustration "Dear 'Chief Governor', Maurine."
  This older male bowed, spreading his breast fins sideways as if to show his respect to her.
"I'm a 'biologist' by profession, keen on observing living organisms. Lately, however, I have become a little interested in arithmetic. The new applied theory you just presented has impressed me a lot, your Honor. Please allow me, however, to present my humble opinion on the decimal system currently employed, in which I find some flaws. There are at present no living things with seven or nine legs. We, the whales, should not select the number of the inferior squid's feet as a calculation unit. First of all, this mathematic system was advocated by cachalot whale who ate squids, so it's wrong for us minke whales to use such a system. Therefore, I have developed a new mathematic system after researching for many years. Please let me present my newly developed theory. Among all, our whales..."
  He spoke with eloquence and grand gestures of flipping his pectoral fins up and down.
"He may be better cut out as a flipper performer, rather than as a mathematician."
  Rex whispered in Claire's ear.
"...I have come to the conclusion that two fins are sufficient for counting. I repeat, two! The number two is in fact the basis of all numbers. Look at us: we have a right fin and left fin - which keep us in balance. Left! And Right! While just one fin is not enough by itself, but we need just the one more fin to propel us freely through the water. Left! And right! Two is enough, and too many numbers, like squids and sea anemones, make things complicated.
"Please consider. The world in which we live consists of the base number of two. Left and right fins, head and tail fin, air and water, day and night, life and death ... all things exist in pairs. Don't forget about the gender of us whales, male and female. We travel back and forth between the 'Fertile Sea' and 'Embrace Sea'. Our clans also consist of 'front' and 'back'. Though the 'front' group has seven districts among them, which I consider not so important. "As I just now explained, the whole of our universe is based on the number two. Therefore, the binary system is the true and correct counting system. It is easy to remember and will become a handy tool for all of us. Left! And Right! The number of our fins suffice for all, even simpletons.
"'Chief Governor' Maurine, your Honor, I earnestly make a request now to adopt the binary number system in next year's census. In addition, I hope you will approve a new profession, 'Engager in Numbers Theory'. I have no doubt that the new profession will be an asset to your administration, your Honor."
  Maurine, unable to break her promise she had earlier made to not interrupt others while they talked, listened patiently, but the moment he finished his speech, she promptly asked him a question.
"The way you count, is it not hard to count large numbers? Your proposal is interesting, but your method may not be fit for counting large numbers of whales. However, you are free to do research on numbers, and I encourage you to do so. When you come up with a more practical idea next time, we 'Representative House' would be happy if we could utilize it. Regarding the new profession you proposed, I approve a new 'Measurer' occupation. The new occupation will count the number of whales in the 'District census'. Naturally, you are gifted and knowledgeable in numbers theory. Though we lose one 'bio-observer', I don't think that will affect much on their job if they restrict their observations mainly to krill and killer whales."
  The elderly "bio-observer", now newly appointed "Measurer", seemed unconvinced by her reply and, muttering and blinking his eyes, retreated. Through the end of the assembly he had no inkling that his proposal had been rejected.
  The petition by the general participants continued after that. It seemed to Claire, and also to Maurine, that most of these appeals were of small and minor matters. One was are request to name a new born baby because the mother could not think of a good one even though six months have passed. Another asked a question about education, and still dealt with a complaint between a male and female whale. The young governor had only to say a few words in each case as she delegated most cases to her administrators. There was one dispute, that surprised Claire, two females engaged in claims for custodial rights a newly born whale.
  Maurine's ability as a administrative officer to judge those cumbersome problems was brilliant.  She and her administrators handled each case, some quite intricate ones, speedily and smoothly. Thus as patient and efficient Maurine started feeling fatigued, Claire's turn to speak came at last. ...

- Other Works -

Love Story of a Cat and a Girl "Rhui, Forever"
   Published by Bungei-sha 2006, Japan
And the other Fantasy of animals
only in Japanese

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