Kennedy is a 59 (aka 30-ish in our terms)-year-old female lead scientist working for OWFI on the planet FP68/Karlee. She has been busy implementing a new floating farming algae that she created in the last few years. The new algae grows downward, establishing a huge network of root-like masses which create a large bio mass of floating food production and absorbs its nutrients directly from the ocean. Using this algae, Kennedy has been able to turn huge swaths of ocean space into highly effective “farmland.”
She has been on Karlee for fifteen years building the food resources. She and her colleagues often take trips below the ocean to see how the algae is grown, all the way to connecting with the seabed in massive organic towers. Karlee’s ocean life has changed radically over these fifteen years as the algae is aggressive to the local fish life. Most fish life has died anywhere near the algae, with the exception of the dolphin-like monstering creatures (the Dolfee). They have continued to be the dominant sea life on the planet, although their numbers are also shrinking considerably. But tourism on Karlee is vibrant with Dolfee-watching being the primary activity. They are abundant across the entire sea planet.
Kennedy is celebrated for her accomplishments by OWFI and enjoys a position of enormous importance and influence. She has been asked to move on to a new planet to do it all over again and has been delaying this inevitable change for a couple of years to relish in this accomplishment. But, in spite of all her refining and tinkering, even though effectively increasing food throughput 80%, the time to leave is coming and she knows it.
Suddenly Kennedy is told of an odd occurrence with the Dolfee, it appears they are beaching themselves on one of the largest algae farms. Kennedy travels there to see what is going on, and when se arrives hundreds of massive Dolfee have beached on the farm with thousands pushing to join them. In a panic Kennedy organizes her teams to push the creatures back into the sea and the struggle is long and fierce. She engages non-OWFI people in a weeks-long attempt to stop this occurrence, but the bodies continue to pile up. Thousands and thousands of Dolfee and beaching, and dying, right on the farm.
The event becomes known throughout the colonies and scientists from OWFI join Kennedy to try to understand and deal with this. Now it is not just one farm, it’s all of them, all over the planet. It is a mass extinction event for the Dolfee. It becomes a news phenomenon and has a nearly-cataclysmic effect on OWFI’s reputation. Billions of people watch the extinction event via their news feeds. Kennedy is seen as the face of OWFI and her futile struggle becomes part of the images people remember.
In the end, the Dolfee go extinct and it takes years to clean off the farms. Although the carcasses cause a huge pollution impact on the oceans, the algae eventually adapts and restores the oceans. Dolfee skeletons litter the ocean floor and Karlee becomes a tourist attraction because it is the tomb of the once majestic creatures.
Kennedy is devastated by this event but continues to work in OWFI and moves on to another planet to create the next farming infrastructure.
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