This is a synopsis of 'Shallows'.
Winton places human stories within natural history, notably in Shallows (1986), where the action takes place during 1978 in Angelus, the last whaling town in Australia. The conflict between whalers and conservationists is personalized in the rupture between newly married Cleve and Queenie; she joins the protesters, while he becomes absorbed in an ancestor's 1831 diary of a whale ship voyage. Other historically rooted conflicts are taking place in the town, between landowner Des Pustling and a retiring but stubborn clergyman, while other local characters succumb to guilt and weariness. Meanwhile, Cleve and the now pregnant Queenie are reconciled, both nursing doubts about their causes, just as the annual migration of Humpback whales arrives offshore. (Dr Jules Smith, 2003)
Tim Winton often writes about whales. A big coincidence - at the time I was reading 'Shallows', a friend sent me a link to a site name 'Whales Revenge'. There is a game to play and a petition to sign.
“Play the game, sign the petition and send it to all your friends”.. this is the simple message in a campaign by Melbourne man Patrick Bonello to raise awareness about the whale slaughter in the Southern Ocean by Japanese whalers.