I remember reading a book about 25 years ago (so around 1990?) which featured shapeshifting killer whales as the antagonists.

  • It had a techno-fantasy feel to it, with people having body-phones tattooed on their skin
  • (plot point: one of the protagonists had lost his phone when he suffered a skin injury)
  • The Orcas could take human form
  • I think it was a series with multiple books, pretty sure I only read the second one
  • It was in my primary school (elementary school) library
  • The protagonists were surfers maybe? I think it was set either in Queensland Australia, or California.
  • Might have had a conservationalist/Eco-warrior theme; "save the environment before it destroys us" kind of thing.

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Pretty sure this is "Above the Lower Sky" by Tom Deitz.

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The novel focuses on selkies and the aforementioned shape-shifting killer whales. There are also two dolphin minor characters that tie into the techno-futurist subplot that you've mentioned above. The novel is part of a series but its the first, not the second book in the duet. The second novel is "Demons in the Green".

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  • That is certainly pinging some synapses! I’ll endeavour to track down a copy and report back then. Commented May 28, 2018 at 1:55
  • best of luck! its not particularly hard to find, but it has been out of print for a while Commented May 28, 2018 at 4:48

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