Deep-sea plunderings (Google eBook)

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D. Appleton and Co., 1902 - Fiction - 361 pages
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Page 229 - ... ocean, they could not yet bring themselves to believe that they were to become the helpless prey of these new-comers, visitors of yesterday, coming from the cramped acreage of the land into the limitless fields of ocean, and invading the immemorial freeholds of its hitherto unassailable sovereigns. From the remotest recesses of...
Page 231 - They looked indeed in their inertia and silence like nothing so much as an incalculable number of dead squid of enormous size neatly laid out at the whim of some giant's fancy. Yet communication between them was active, a subtle interchange .of experiences and plans went briskly on through the medium of the mobile element around them. The elder and mightier were full of disdain at the reports they were furnished with, utterly incredulous as to the ability of any created thing to injure them, and...
Page 215 - ... torpedo. Near this apex there is a broad fin-like arrangement looking much like the body of a skate without its tail, which, however, is used strictly for steering purposes only. So far there is nothing particularly striking about the appearance of this mighty cylinder except in colour. This characteristic varies in different individuals, but is always reminiscent of the hues of a very lightcoloured leopard ; that is to say, the ground is of a livid greenish white, while the detail is in splashes...
Page 13 - ... short cut t' glory, anyhaow.' But for all his apparent nonchalance he had kept a wary eye upon the work a-doing, to see that no moment was wasted. And so it came to pass that the last of the crew gained the boats, and there remained on board the, Mirznpore but Captain James and his American deliverer.
Page 222 - ... such functions had been performed. But their energetic use of teeth and jaws had a result entirely unforeseen by them. Gradually the prey they sought, the larger fish and smaller sea-mammals, disappeared from the shallow seas adjacent to the land from whence the whales had been driven. And in order to satisfy the demands of their huge stomachs they were fain to follow their prey into deeper and deeper waters, meeting as they went with other and stranger denizens of those mysterious depths, until...
Page 229 - Only dimly can we imagine what must have been the appearance of those vast masses of writhing flesh, as through the palely gleaming phosphorescence of...
Page 224 - ... of seaweed. And then the foul mass of the kraken found itself, contrary to all previous experience, rising involuntarily, being compelled to leave its infernal shades, and without any previous preparation for such a change of pressure to visit the upper air. The fact was that the whale, finding its stock of air exhausted, had put forth a supreme effort to rise, and found that although unable to free himself from those enormous cables he was actually competent to raise the whole mass. What an...
Page 220 - ... upon which their vast appetites were fed grew scarcer and scarcer, in spite of the fecundity of that prolific time. And in proportion as they found it more and more difficult to get a living, so did their enemies grow more numerous and bolder. Vast...
Page 350 - ... all hands messed like Christians at one common table in the cabin, waited upon by the cook, and eating the same food ; and though they looked rough and piratical enough, all behaved themselves decently — in strong contrast to the foul behaviour our hero had so often witnessed in the grimy fo'c'sles of merchant ships.

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