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The skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

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The skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

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Context from :Moby Dick
Chapter 104

The Fossil Whale

“But by far the most wonderful of all Cetacean relics was the almost complete vast skeleton of an extinct monster, found in the year 1842, on the plantation of Judge Creagh, in Alabama. The awe-stricken credulous slaves in the vicinity took it for the bones of one of the fallen angels. The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of Basilosaurus. But some specimen bones of it being taken across the sea to Owen, the English Anatomist, it turned out that this alleged reptile was a whale, though of a departed species. A significant illustration of the fact, again and again repeated in this book, that the skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body. So Owen rechristened the monster Zeuglodon; and in his paper read before the London Geological Society, pronounced it, in substance, one of the most extraordinary creatures which the mutations of the globe have blotted out of existence.”

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I have read his Moby Dick several times. He is one of my favourite writers. Anyway, I often wonder why he considered whales to be fishes rather than mammals (despite the fact that they, as he admitted, breathe air and feed their offspring with milk).
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Daemon wrote:
The skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)


Yeah. The guy for sure didn't see any episode of Bones...
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Well then, in Moby Dick, Herman Melville introduces the existence of whales to the character marked to be the great observer of that saga, Ishmael. Someone told him that above all the God's creations, the whales are His best representation in this Earth, adding that if God would like being a creature in this world, He would be a whale.
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