A guilt-ridden Earth had turned Catchalot 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 mans'.
Humans on Catchalot were strictly confined to a few islands and the floating towns, prospering from the wealth of its sea. The cetaceans seemed to have forgiven the thousands of years of terror and slaughter they had suffered - some had even befriended selected humans.
was destroying the towns of Catchalot - leaving no clue ... and no survivors
Inside the creature several glowing, green bubbles floated. within those bubbles were a dozen people. Cora could see they were screaming, but could hear nothing through the hull of the submarine.
A bubble drifted nearer and, horrified, Cora recognized the short, dark-skinned man within, He flailed at the film of the bubble, and his eyes were wide and desperate.
As the creature moved away from the viewport, the bubble moved toward the epidermis, then passed through the skin and immediately burst under the tremendous pressure.
The man imploded before he could drown!