Whale Restoration, the Greatest Challenge

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

In my post-apocalypse stories told in Adam’s Chronicles, mammals are restored species-by-species using surrogate mothers and embryos preserved from before. A host of issues are encountered, such as compatibility of the mother and implanted baby. Even more perplexing is size differences. Imagine a horse trying to mother an elephant fetus. That might be controlled chemically by keeping the developing baby small enough to fit.

But elephants require more than twice the horse’s natural gestation period, and elephant preemies are not known to survive long. A chain of surrogacies would be required, such as goat-cow-horse-rhinoceros-elephant. It would take decades to get the first pachyderm.

Although I haven’t thoroughly thought this one out (to be detailed in a prequel yet-to-be written), let’s consider how restorers bring back the whales. In my book, Adam’s Pouched Lion, protagonist Adam Boatwright gives a summary of a plausible solution, which would take a couple of centuries.

Adam tells his wife Breeze that those restorations began with seals, the first of which had been carried by dogs. A harbor seal was the earliest restored, and that was done much later than the first elephant. That seal fostered small dolphins.

Like they did in bringing back the elephant, the rescuers would step up the size of mothers so that successive fetuses could be accommodated. Thus, spinner dolphins would carry the larger bottle-nosed. Eventually, large dolphin mothers would carry small toothed-whales. Progressive size steps would culminate in orcas, or killer whales, which are really very big dolphins.

Adam noted that at every step, later bigger animals would be helped by earlier smaller species. All would be guided by people, much like mankind’s sheep dogs had been. Those animal assistants were trainers, nurse maids, and life savers.

Finally, an orca carried smaller species of baleen types, beginning with the smallest—the Minke whale. The blue whale would be the last in a chain of surrogacies of somewhat smaller mother whale species carrying the fetus of a bigger animal, kept small through hormone treatment.

We can only imagine how a rescuer would teach a whale to hunt. I haven’t begun to wrestle with how to implant a fetus in a whale.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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