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1  In life, the visible surface of the Sperm Whale is not the least among the many marvels he presents.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 68. The Blanket.
2  The huge corpulence of that Hogarthian monster undulates on the surface, scarcely drawing one inch of water.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
3  Usually the dead Sperm Whale floats with great buoyancy, with its side or belly considerably elevated above the surface.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.
4  Even if not the slightest other part of the creature be visible, this isolated fin will, at times, be seen plainly projecting from the surface.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
5  If unmolested, upon rising to the surface, the Sperm Whale will continue there for a period of time exactly uniform with all his other unmolested risings.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
6  How at such an apparently unassailable surface, they contrive to gouge out such symmetrical mouthfuls, remains a part of the universal problem of all things.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 64. Stubb's Supper.
7  In that sloping afternoon sunlight, the shadows that the three boats sent down beneath the surface, must have been long enough and broad enough to shade half Xerxes' army.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.
8  Charley Coffin said it was used for an ice-piercer; for the Narwhale, rising to the surface of the Polar Sea, and finding it sheeted with ice, thrusts his horn up, and so breaks through.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
9  But he cannot in any degree breathe through his mouth, for, in his ordinary attitude, the Sperm Whale's mouth is buried at least eight feet beneath the surface; and what is still more, his windpipe has no connexion with his mouth.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
10  Every one knows that by the peculiar cunning of their gills, the finny tribes in general breathe the air which at all times is combined with the element in which they swim; hence, a herring or a cod might live a century, and never once raise its head above the surface.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
11  For though other species of whales find their food above water, and may be seen by man in the act of feeding, the spermaceti whale obtains his whole food in unknown zones below the surface; and only by inference is it that any one can tell of what, precisely, that food consists.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 59. Squid.
12  Looking over the side, they saw the before lifeless head throbbing and heaving just below the surface of the sea, as if that moment seized with some momentous idea; whereas it was only the poor Indian unconsciously revealing by those struggles the perilous depth to which he had sunk.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 78. Cistern and Buckets.
13  I know not with what fine and costly material the Heidelburgh Tun was coated within, but in superlative richness that coating could not possibly have compared with the silken pearl-coloured membrane, like the lining of a fine pelisse, forming the inner surface of the Sperm Whale's case.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun.
14  When the sea is moderately calm, and slightly marked with spherical ripples, and this gnomon-like fin stands up and casts shadows upon the wrinkled surface, it may well be supposed that the watery circle surrounding it somewhat resembles a dial, with its style and wavy hour-lines graved on it.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
15  An uncommon large whale, the body of which was larger than the ship itself, lay almost at the surface of the water, but was not perceived by any one on board till the moment when the ship, which was in full sail, was almost upon him, so that it was impossible to prevent its striking against him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
16  Now, the spouting canal of the Sperm Whale, chiefly intended as it is for the conveyance of air, and for several feet laid along, horizontally, just beneath the upper surface of his head, and a little to one side; this curious canal is very much like a gas-pipe laid down in a city on one side of a street.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
17  Very shy; always going solitary; unexpectedly rising to the surface in the remotest and most sullen waters; his straight and single lofty jet rising like a tall misanthropic spear upon a barren plain; gifted with such wondrous power and velocity in swimming, as to defy all present pursuit from man; this leviathan seems the banished and unconquerable Cain of his race, bearing for his mark that style upon his back.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
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