Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True #56.2

I know of only four published outlines of the great Sperm Whale; Colnett’s, Huggins’s, Frederick Cuvier’s, and Beale’s. In the previous chapter Colnett and Cuvier have been referred to. Huggins’s is far better than theirs; but, by great odds, Beale’s is the best. All Beale’s drawings of this whale are good, excepting the middle figure in the picture of three whales in various attitudes, capping his second chapter. His frontispiece, boats attacking Sperm Whales, though no doubt calculated to excite the civil scepticism of some parlor men, is admirably correct and life-like in its general effect. Some of the Sperm Whale drawings in J. Ross Browne are pretty correct in contour; but they are wretchedly engraved. That is not his fault though.


Salut à tous !

Les parents de Régis sont bien arrivés a destination, après plus de 24 heures de voyage. les premiers jours, Régis les a emmené voir la foire de Bourail, avec son fameux rodéo et ses gros 4x4.

2 jours plus tard, direction l’île des Pins pour 4 jours paradisiaques ou les parents ont fait le combo gagnant : tortues, requins, raies et dauphins !

Le temps était mitigé et l’eau gelée à 22°, mais ca les a pas plus dérangés que ça, ils sont habitués.

Ce weekend s’annonce pluvieux, ils vont passer 2 jours dans le Grand Nord, ou il fait un peu plus chaud, pres des cascades de Colnett


Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales #55.7

Then again, there is an imposing quarto, written by one Captain Colnett, a Post Captain in the English navy, entitled “A Voyage round Cape Horn into the South Seas, for the purpose of extending the Spermaceti Whale Fisheries.” In this book is an outline purporting to be a “Picture of a Physeter or Spermaceti whale, drawn by scale from one killed on the coast of Mexico, August, 1793, and hoisted on deck.” I doubt not the captain had this veracious picture taken for the benefit of his marines. To mention but one thing about it, let me say that it has an eye which applied, according to the accompanying scale, to a full grown sperm whale, would make the eye of that whale a bow-window some five feet long. Ah, my gallant captain, why did ye not give us Jonah looking out of that eye!