Cetacean - Special deep-diving undersea
explorer craft used to probe the ocean floor and it mysteries on the
maritime sci-fi adventure THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS/NBC/1977-78
The Cetacean Attacked by Giant Squid
Cruising at the
speed of 10 knots, the Cetacean resembled four large spheres each
interconnected with tubular passageways (a shish kabob of bubble-shaped
The forward pod sported a windowed observation deck where the pilot sat in
raised swivel seats. A powerful set of spotlights illuminated the sub's way
in the underwater darkness. The second and third spheres housed the
experimental and living quarters. Diver exited and entered the ship beneath
the second sphere. A large propeller protruded from the end of the last
sphere. A long spine of metal running on top of and the length of the craft
(with conning tower and rudder fin) added structural integrity to the bubble
The Cetacean was owned by the Foundation for Oceanic Research located
atop a seaside bluff at Hastings Point. They docked the Cetacean in a
subterranean sea base facility 200 feet below. It cost $15,000 each time
they launched the ship, but they had a $12 million operating budget.
Jane, the Communications Officer
The Cetacean's crew included Dr. Elizabeth Merrill (Belinda J.
Montgomery) a Foundation scientist; Jane, the ship's young communication
officer (Jean Marie Hon); Chuey (J. Victor Lopez); and Jomo, the black
helmsman (Richard Wiliams).
Mark Harris (Patrick Duffy) a lone survivor from the undersea kingdom of
Atlantis (who possessed webbed fingers and lungs filled with gill tissues to
extract oxygen from the sea water) often accompanied the Cetacean's crew on
During their undersea adventures they encountered diabolical fiends,
extraterrestrials and a mad scientist named Mr. Schubert (Victor Buono) who
wanted to experiment on Mark Harris and see what made him tick.
Novelization with Cetacean on Cover
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