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OT: whales. Re: OT: syrinx (was Conlanging with constraints)

Date:Sunday, February 17, 2008, 14:26
In a message dated 2/17/2008 04:53:10 AM Central Standard Time,
caeruleancentaur@YAHOO.COM writes:

> >Ollock Ackeop <ollock@...> wrote: > > >...I decided to give them a syrinx -- which allows them > >to produce two tones simultaneously. > > Is this really possible for birds? I never knew this. I'm hoping the > answer is "yes," because I'd like to make it an anatomical feature in > one of the loquent races in my conworld. > > I've included some other anatomical features in various loquent beings > such as: > 1. The flea's mechanism for jumping very high. > 2. The ability to see ultraviolet & infrared. > 3. The tapetum for increased visual acuity. > 4. Gills. > 5. hollow bones such as birds have. > > Charlie >
Hmmm, while reading this it occurred to me that an interesting conworld might be underwater, involving cetaceans. It's been done before, in a story about the Pilot ("Storyteller" by Amy Thomson), but that's from the human perspective. Another whale-world story is "Fluke: or I know why the winged whale sings" by Christopher Moore. Anyone know of other novels or stories involving cetacean societies? <> stevo </HTML>


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
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