The Natural History of the Amphibious Carnivora: Including the Walrus and Seals, Also of the Herbivorous Cetacea, &c. Illustrated by Thirty-three [i.e. 32] Plates, with Memoir and Portrait of Peron

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W.H. Lizars, ... S. Highley, ... London; and W. Curry, jun. and Company Dublin., 1839 - Pinnipedia - 336 pages
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Page 289 - Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music.
Page 108 - ... that it may have afforded foundation for some of the stories of Mermaids. I have myself seen a sea-horse in such a position, and under such circumstances, that it required little stretch of imagination to mistake it for a human being ; so like indeed was it, that the surgeon of the ship actually reported to me his having seen a man with his head just appearing above the surface of the water.
Page 82 - Sacred to neatness and repose, the alcove, The chamber, or refectory, may die : A necessary act incurs no blame. Not so when, held within their proper bounds, And guiltless of offence, they range the air...
Page 316 - I believed to be from 70 to 80 feet. When nearest to me it did not raise its head wholly above water, so that the neck being under water I could perceive no shining filaments thereon, if it had any.
Page 140 - Mammiferes, was still young : it measured two feet eight inches, from the end of the snout to the tip of the tail ; and the length of this member was three and a half inches. In the plate it is represented both whilst wet and dry, that the differences in these two states may be exhibited. When the animal comes out of the water, all the upper part of the • Loc.
Page 316 - Then I saw it elevated considerably above the level of the sea, and, after a slow movement, distinctly perceived one of its eyes. Alarmed at the unusual appearance and magnitude of the animal, I steered so as to be at no great distance from the shore. When nearly in a line...
Page 285 - ... of the larger seal or Haaf-fish ; for, in possessing an amphibious nature, they are enabled not only to exist in the ocean, but to land on some rock, where they frequently lighten themselves of their sea-dress, resume their proper shape, and with much curiosity examine the nature of the upper world belonging to the human race. Unfortunately, however, each merman or merwoman...
Page 290 - ... and rose a second time, but still saw nothing. Conceiving, however, the possibility of a boat being upset, and that some of the crew might be clinging to some detached rocks, he walked along the beach a few steps, and heard the noise more distinctly, but in a musical strain.
Page 316 - It continued to move off with its head above water, and with the wind, for about half a mile, before we lost sight of it. Its head was rather broad, of a form somewhat oval; its neck somewhat smaller ; its shoulders — if I can so term them — considerably broader; and thence it tapered towards the tail, which last it kept pretty low in the water, so that a view of it could not be taken so distinctly as I wished. It had no fin...
Page 330 - He further states that the natives of the Indian Isles, when sailing in their canoes, always take care to be provided with hatchets, in order immediately to «ut off the arms of such of these animals as happen to fling them over the sides of the canoe, lest they should pull it under water and sink it.

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