"Fish Tales": Ten months ago a female dolphin named Sleek Tail and a male dolphin named Fast Swimmer conceive a child. Eight months ago Fast Swimmer dies during an oil tanker spill. Two months ago Sleek Tail and her family fend off an attack by a hungry shark. Today, Sleek Tail gives birth.
Appearing in "Fish Tales"
- Aquaman (Arthur Curry) (Flashback and main story)
- Cron (Flashback only)
- Cron (Flashback only)
- 2 Unnamed dolphin hunters
- Tully (Flashback only)
- Luis (Flashback only)
- 2 Unnamed Sailors
- Aquacave Memorabilia:
Synopsis for "Fish Tales"
Ten months ago a female dolphin named Sleek Tail and a male dolphin named Fast Swimmer conceive a child. Eight months ago Fast Swimmer dies during an oil tanker spill. Two months ago Sleek Tail and her family fend off an attack by a hungry shark. Today, Sleek Tail gives birth. She and her dolphin family help the newborn to the surface to get its first breath of air but it is immediately captured in a fishing net. Sleek Tail tries to free it and is caught herself. The sailors bring them aboard and prepare to kill them but Aquaman stops them.
A few days later, Aquaman is in the Aquacave writing in the Atlantis Chronicles. He tells of how, after being abandoned on Mercy Reef as a baby, he is taken in and raised by Porm, a dolphin on the verge of having her own child, Drin. She takes Orin as a child despite the other dolphins' lack of concern. At eighteen months Porm refuses to let Orin nurse any longer and Orin must learn to catch fish. A young female dolphin, Nera, tries to show him but she is attacked by Cron, a shark. Slammed against a reef, Orin grabs a sharp piece of coral and takes out one of Cron's eyes. Afterwards, he is amazed that he is able to use his hands to grasp things and uses his hands to catch fish to eat.
Later still Orin decides to court Nera but his brother, Drin, wants to as well. Drin and Porm prevent Orin from trying as he is not their kind. Porm takes Orin to a nearby fishing boat so Orin can see what humans look like. Orin is appalled. Drin begins taunting Orin, who thinks he's showing off for Nera, and accidentally collides with the motor of the boat which fatally wounds him. The sailors attempt a mercy killing but Orin prevents it. The other dolphins tell Orin to abandon him to the approaching sharks. Orin tries to scare off the sharks but Cron confronts him telling him that waste is not their way and he must respect that. Orin allows the sharks to consume Drin's corpse. Orin realizes that he cannot stay with Porm and the family, they hug and part ways.
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