Book search: frozen planet w/oceans and whale-like creatures

John Saunders

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Hi, newbie here,
I'm trying to track down a sci-fi novel published in paperback in the late 70s/early 80s about a remote, frozen planet that has some sort of research station on it, as well as oceans (possibly methane?) with large animals that I recall were like whales, only very little is known about them. I think there is no land, only ice, and the main characters are scientists. Definitely not Asimov or Heinlein, but in the hard-ish vein, not about war, but I think more about personal demons and an unknown environment. I may well have these details muddled with a half-dozen other books, but any help would be much appreciated.
 

Danny McG

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Were they giant 'cat-whales'?
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It's not Ben Bova's Jupiter is it? There's a space station around the planet, and they travel through the gas giant's liquid exterior where they observe leviathans. Its hard science stuff too.
 

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Lots of suggestions here, but the OP hasn't commented on which is right, so maybe we'll never know :) I still think its Jupiter by Bova.
 

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A somewhat poor guess... Pandora's star by Peter Hamilton.
It has Ozzie joining in an ice whale hunt with the elf like Silfen aliens
 

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