By Alan Dean Foster
Cachalot - landless ocean planet, some time past reserved through guy as a shelter for the nice sea-creatures that they had hunted just about extinction. Scattered people lived peacefully in floating townships, till someday anything rose from the deep destroying all in its course.
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At first only tiny glints could be made out here and there, sun sparkling off thrown water or gray backs. The reflections became brighter and more frequent, resolved themselves eventually into slim shapes. Then they were surrounded, engulfed by lean, perpetually grinning gray forms that broke the water in repeated leaps of breathtaking symmetry. Wenkoseemansa and Latehoht remained close to the hull. " Rachael finally gasped into the awed silence. The sea was alive around the suprafoil, from horizon to horizon.
She looked to starboard. Sam put down his book, frowned intently. "That's Latehoht. " "I know a little orca. As to the second"—he smiled at her—"ask her yourself. You'll need your headset. " He glanced upward. "Soon it will be hot noon and they'll slide beneath the ship. " She started to leave. "It's down in my cabin. " "Never mind. " He pointed. She located the translator unit, donned it, and adjusted the controls. " the joyful response came. For an instant the magnificently streamlined black and white body disappeared, only to break the surface seconds later.
The graphic description made Rachael queasy, though. Cora finished her daughter's plate as well as her own. " - "What about the whales, Mr. " Hwoshien was puffing contentedly on another scent-stick. "They're intelligent, they have no love of mankind. " Aware of the effect of his violent reaction on Cora and Rachael, he lapsed into his usual boyish tone. But what the announcement of his profession had begun, his unexpected violence concluded. For better or worse, the mantle of innocence Cora had bestowed on him had vanished forever.
Cachalot by Alan Dean Foster