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Lords of the Sea -
a synopsis of the novel
"Návígi á hvalaslóð"
By Elías Snæland Jónsson.
Ingi is a
14 years old Icelandic boy.
He and his marine-biologist parents Bogi
are in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean
on the research
vessel Hermes, owned by Leon, an
American businessman and
whale enthusiast. Their objective is to try to understand
of the Great Blue Whale. They use new,
hightech equipment to
systematically collect, analyse and return the sounds
by a selected few of these largest beings on our planet.
One of these is a newborn whale called Daniel.
In fact the story
starts with his birth. An early exiting chapter describes
a sudden danger
for Ingi who is thrown into the cold sea
and has a close encounter with the
young whale's father - who is the size
of a large passanger plane!
Through his Canadian Internet friend
Helena, who is also 14
years old, Ingi learns of the plight of
a few blue whales
that are trapped in a small lagoon off
the coast of
Maine/New Brunswick. As a last resort
crew of Hermes decides to go there
and try to rescue the whales
by communicating with them. In the
end this attempt is successful. This
the interest of Saul, Leon's secret and sinister
Bogi is called to Washington where Saul
information on their analysis of the whales'
language. Bogi declines.
Spring comes and with it the migration
of the Great Blue Whale
to the north. Hermes followes the whales to Icelandic
On the way Daniel becomes entangled in
the gigantic nets
of a large Russian trawler. He is only
saved by the
actions of the captain of an mysterious
called Seawitch. Later when the Seawitch
are both in the harbour at Heimaey, the
new home of the famed
whale Keiko, Ingi finds to his delight
that the ship is owned by the
environmental organisation of Helena's
father at that she is on board
They have a few wonderful days together on the
beautiful island. But then
strange things begin to happen. Suddenly
Ingi and Helena encounter
many dangers. It is an exiting finale to
the story, where the Great
Blue Whale again makes an unexpected