kedamono wrote:Well, there are definitely Dolphin pilots. The problem is that the bigger cetaceans require larger and larger walkers. A walker for a common bottlenose dolphin is between 2.25 and 4.25 meters long. The current walker frame consists of a wicking membrane "suit" the dolphin wears, with a "melon cap" and jaw sound transducers for their sonar. They rest on a spindly looking walker frame, that includes either LIDAR-Sonar units, six legs, and two arms. They have a Delphin language translator built into the suit, though a few have learned to audibly speak various languages. The frame is articulated so the user can turn and bend as needed. Neural implants are needed for both walking and using the arms and hands. Cetaceans have to be trained on how to use the arms, as they don't normally have them.
In water, they have an arm frame that they can wear and use.
So now, you want an Orca out and about on a walker... They mass around 10 tonnes for the males, and 4 tonnes for the females. Males are around 9 meters long, females about 7 meters. So you have these massive critters stomping down narrow corridors, the females the size of a midsize SUV. Still, there are probably cetacean crewed ships out there. I doubt the ship would have flooded sections, primarily because when they are in microgravity, they will all drown in the glob of water they are trying to swim in...
And they complain about the taste of alien waters on other worlds. Frenner II's seas have a funny taste and the fish can't be eaten raw. Yuck.
Sigh, I was imagining this pirate ship with a killer whale as part of the crew using their advanced FTL capability to prey on ships and avoid the long missile-tipped arm of the law.