This curious animal, however, quickly disappearred; and it was not until I had explained its appearance to the captain, that I knew it to be a squid. His jets are erect, full, and black like soot; so that from so abounding a smoke in the chimney, you would think there must be a brave supper cooking in the great bowels below. The body is somewhat laterally compressed and the head is huge one-quarter to one-third of the total length, and an even greater proportion of the total bulk and squarish when viewed from the side. The direction of the fibres of the external layers is the same as in the tail, forming a stratum about one-third of an inch thick, but varying in this respect as the tail is thicker or thinner. In young whales the "black skin," as it is called, is about three-eighths of an inch thick, but in old ones it is not more than one-eighth.
Sperm whale Drawing Illustration - sperm whale
No sea, but what is vexed with their fisheries — no climnate that is not witness of their toils. This formation is readily discovered in jaws not full grown, for the teeth increase in number as the jaw lengthens, as in other animals. The area around a sperm whales mouth, lips and lower jaw is coloured white against the dark grey - brown of the rest of the animal. This act of remaining by a wounded companion is called by whalers "heaving-to," and whole "schools" have been destroyed by dexterous management, when several ships have been in company, wholly from these whales possessing this remarkable disposition. For the most part, the English and American whale draughtsmen seem entirely content with presenting the mechanical outline of things, such as the vacant profile of the whale; which, so far as picturesqueness of effect is concerned, is about tantamount to sketching the profile of a pyramid. When at the fifteenth, these double spines disappear, and one short spine is left. In the piked whale its entrance is a little way on the posterior part of the upper end, and is oblique.
Whales Drawing Sperm Whale 1 Of Humpback Line – eenopstalverzekering.info
The sperm whale Physeter catodon is the largest toothed whale. In the spermaceti whale, they were about a quarter of an inch long; in the grampus, bottle-nose, and piked whales much shorter; in all they are extremely vascular. Sperm Whales have teeth only in the lower jaw. It was a way for whalers to pass the time between hunts. We learn, that while some of them draw the line or strike the harpoon on the coast of Africa, others run the longitude, and pursue their gigantic game along the coast of Brazil.
The origin of the sperm whale fishery — that is, before it became organized as a branch of commerce — like the origin of other fisheries of the same nature, is involved in such deep mystery as almost altogether to defy the searching acumen of the historian. The circle thus described in man and the mammalia generally, is, so to speak, continuous and simple. Bell, in his valuable and beautiful work on British quadrupeds and marine mammalia, favours the opinions of the others who have preceded him. They pass further down on the back part than in the quadruped, by which their size is increased, and rise higher up in the chest than the entrance of the vessels, coming to a point at the upper end. This general opinion, like that of the sperm whale's voice, is not only entertained by F.