mermen in north pacific

little fuzzy

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Read this in the 70's or 80's but don't know title or author. Story was about contact between a US Navy submarine and an underwater city of merpeople in the north pacific. Don't think it ended well for the merpeople but don't know. Any takers out there?
 

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I would hazard a guess that this is "Aquarius Mission" by author Martin Caidin (who also wrote "Cyborg", the inspiration for "The Six Million Dollar Man" series).

I can't find a good online summary to let you check the plot summary (it wasn't a great book), but the basics as I remember them are:

* it's post-nuclear-war on the surface (though this does not get much attention in the book)
* a deep-sea submarine is destroyed by attacking sperm whales
* a new, armed deep-sea sub is sent to find out what happened, and they get past the defending creatures to an undersea zone inhabited by "merpeople"
* much political wrangling goes on within the merpeople society about how to deal with the arrival of the surface people

Other minor details:

* a teenage girl who is an unlikely member of the mission marries one of the merteens
* the merpeople have some kind of huge organic computer
* there is an invasion of the merpeople's zone by extremely dangerous acidic jellyfish near the end, in which the surface humans turn the tide using some sort of beam weapon rifles (gamma ray laser?)
 

little fuzzy

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Thanks Otisdog. Those are more details than I remember but it does sound a lot like it. I'll see if I can find it somewhere. Thanks again!!
 

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