Saturday, June 12, 2010

Arctic sketches 1; The Whales

Right Whale. "Some pretend to see a difference between the Greenland Whale of the English and the Right Whale of the Americans." (Chap.32 Moby Dick by Herman Melville)

Killer Whale."Exception might be taken to the name bestowed upon this whale, on the ground of its indistinctness. For we are all killers, on land and on sea; Bonapartes and Sharks included." (Chap.32 Moby Dick by Herman Melville)

Narwhale. "Strictly speaking, this horn is but a lengthened tusk, growing out from the jaw in a line a little depressed from the horizontal. But it is only found on the sinister side, which has an ill effect, giving its owner something analogous to the aspect of a clumsy left-handed man."(Chap.32 Moby Dick by Herman Melville)

Beluga whale. Unmentioned in Chapter 32 of Moby Dick. What might Melville have had to say about him?

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