The Natural History of the Ordinary Cetacea Or Whales, with Memoir of Lacépède

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Seite 176 - Straits, whilst we are looking for them beneath the arctic circle, we hear that they have pierced into the opposite region of polar cold, that they are at the antipodes, and engaged under the frozen serpent of the South. Falkland Island, which seemed too remote and romantic an object for the grasp of national ambition, is but a stage and resting-place in the progress of their victorious industry.
Seite 176 - We know that whilst some of them draw the line and strike the harpoon on the coast of Africa, others run the longitude, and pursue their gigantic game, along the coast of Brazil.
Seite 89 - Presently she arose close by the fast-boat ; and seizing the young one, dragged about a hundred fathoms of line out of the boat with remarkable force and velocity. Again she arose to the surface ; darted furiously to and fro ; frequently stopped short, or suddenly changed her direction, and gave every possible intimation of extreme agony. For a length of time she continued thus to act, though closely pursued by the boats; and, inspired with courage and resolution by her concern for her offspring,...
Seite 88 - ... considerable velocity below the surface of the sea, with its jaws widely extended. A stream of water consequently enters its capacious mouth, and along with it, large quantities of water insects ; the water escapes again at the sides ; but the food is entangled and sifted, as it were, by the whalebone, which, from its compact arrangement, and the thick internal covering of hair, does not allow a particle the size of the smallest grain to escape.
Seite 89 - ... assists its flight, by taking it under her fin. ; and seldom deserts it while life remains. She is then dangerous to approach ; but affords frequent opportunities for attack. She loses all regard for her own safety, in anxiety for the preservation of her young — dashes through the midst of her enemies — despises the danger that threatens her — and even voluntarily remains with her offspring, after various attacks on herself from the harpoons of the fishers. In June 1811, one of my harpooners...
Seite 110 - ... over the stern, was thrown over the gunwale; its pressure in this unfavourable position so careened the boat, that the side sank below the water, and it began to fill. In this emergency the harpooner, who was a fine active fellow, seized the...
Seite 90 - ... seemed regardless of the danger which surrounded her. At length, one of the boats approached so near, that a harpoon was hove at her. It hit, but did not attach itself. A second harpoon was struck ; this also failed to penetrate : but a third was more effectual, and held. Still she did not attempt to escape ; but allowed other boats to approach ; so that, in a few minutes, three more harpoons were fastened ; and, in the course of an hour afterwards, she was killed.
Seite 133 - It dived obliquely with such velocity, that 480 fathoms of line were withdrawn from the boat in about a minute of time. This whale was also lost by the breaking of the line.
Seite 109 - ... boat, after it had been drawn out by the fish. A painful stroke of his lance induced the whale to dart suddenly downward; his line began to run out from beneath his feet, and in an instant caught him, by a turn, round his body. He had but just time to cry out, " Clear away the line ! "
Seite 73 - Now would the men with half their hoped prey Be well content, and wish this cub away; Their wish they have : he (to direct his dam Unto the gap through which they thither came) Before her swims, and quits the hostile lake, A prisoner there, but for his mother's sake.

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