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A Brief Description of Whales

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0010
A Brief Description of Whales

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This chapter contains a natural history of the whales hunted by the Norwegians during Walsh's tour on board the Ulysses. All animals higher in the scale of evolution than the fish are air breathers. A number of species returned to the sea to spend their lives in it, some always near or on the surface. Some of these species, however, are capable of diving to considerable depths, though they are always compelled to return to the surface from time to time to obtain air. These animals are referred to as Mammalia. In the Mammalia there are many kinds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises which constitute the Cetacea. They spend their entire existence in the sea. Whales are not only the largest of the living mammals but the largest of all animals, mammalian or otherwise, living or extinct. They are larger even than the colossal Dinosauria of the Mesozoic Age.

Keywords: Norwegians; Walsh's tour; Ulysses; Mammalia; whales; dolphins; porpoises

Chapter.  7884 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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