Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

consideration of his guarding and protecting the seas from pirates and robbers, is the right to royal fish, which are whale and sturgeon. And these, when either thrown ashore or caught near the coast, are the property of the king.” – BLACKSTONE.

“Ten or fifteen gallons of blood are thrown out of the heart at a stroke, with immense velocity.” – JOHN HUNTER’S ACCOUNT OF THE DISSECTION OF A WHALE. (A SMALL SIZED ONE.)

“The aorta of a whale is larger in the bore than the main pipe of the water-works at London Bridge, and the water roaring in its passage through the pipe is inferior in impetus and velocity to the blood gushing from the whale’s heart.” – PALEY’S THEOLOGY.

“The whale is a mammiferous animal without hind feet.” – BARON CUVIER.

“In 40 degrees south, we saw Spermacetti

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